This page provides links for information on design, construction and management of trails. Click on the headings below to jump to each section.
National Trails Training Partnership – Trail Design and Construction Resources
NCSU Extension Forestry – Recreation Forest Trails – A multi-media technical assistance bulletin.
NCSU Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management Extension Tourism – How to Build a Paddle Trail In Your Community – Standards, Resources Links, Clubs, Listserv, Slide presentations from Videoconference Series
Professional Trailbuilders Association
Publications on Trail Planning, Design, Construction and Maintenance
Notebook produced in cooperation with the National Recreational Trails Program.
from the National Center on Accessibility: includes surfacing requirements, maintenance, ADAAG links and surfacing manufacturers.
Information on trail construction, maintenance and advocacy for mountain bike trails
CAD drawings – Public property available for professional use by engineers.NOTE: Drawings from 1997and in AutoCAD v.13 format.
minimizing human impacts on the environment
Nonprofit organization with mission to “empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through education and stewardship”.
Leave No Trace – Center for Outdoor Ethics
International nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.
State and Local Trail Links
Contact information for Regional Trail Specialist, grant programs and maps for paddle trails and the NC Mountains to Sea Trail.
includes maps, regulations, safety times and difficulty ratings
Maps, safety, laws & policy and funding resources.
Nonprofit organization with purpose to work with local and state government officials to preserve abandoned railroad corridors for future transportation and recreational trails.
Multi-use and multi-jurisdictional recreational rail trail through Wake, Durham and Chatham counties in NC.
Links for Clubs, Dealers, Patrols from IMBA
National Trail Links
Map and information on the National Trails System including National Recreation Trails, National Scenic and Historic Trails and the Partnership for the National Trails System
National website for nonprofit organization creating a nationwide network of trails from former reail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
Linking cities from Maine to Florida.
Volunteer-based private, nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Trail conservation & policy, articles and fact sheets on trail ecology, safety, economic benefits and funding resources.
Dedicated to promoting access and conservation of land for equestrian use.
Links for trails, campgrounds, trail rides and overnight hosts: listed by state with links to local resources.