In private developments, trails provide added value, giving residents a recreational opportunity for people of all ages and inclinations.
On public lands, trails are a resource management tool. By providing access in a system designed to guide people away from sensitive habitat and cultural or historic sites, trails help control access. Poorly designed and planned trail systems and systems that do not meet user needs, on the other hand, can lead to the proliferation of “social,” or user created trails, which can lead to resource damage.
Trail Design Tip of the Month