Trail Design, Construction and Management Resources
This page provides links for information on design, construction and management of trails. Click on the headings below to jump to each section.
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
Accessible Trail Layout and Construction
From the National Center on Accessibility: includes surfacing requirements, maintenance, ADAAG links and surfacing manufacturers.
US Forest Service National Trail Drawings and Specifications
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
NC Division of Parks and Recreation – State Trails Program
Contact information for Regional Trail Specialist, grant programs and maps for paddle trails and the NC Mountains to Sea Trail.
Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy
Nonprofit organization with purpose to work with local and state government officials to preserve abandoned railroad corridors for future transportation and recreational trails.
American Tobacco Trail
Multi-use and multi-jurisdictional recreational rail trail through Wake, Durham and Chatham counties in NC.
National Trail Links
National Trails System
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
Rails to Trails Conservancy
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.
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.
Horse and Mule Trails
Links for trails, campgrounds, trail rides and overnight hosts: listed by state with links to local resources.