Since trail design and construction involves many decisions and stakeholders, example handbooks are useful. North Country National Scenic Trail published a Handbook for Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance. The handbook provides a site-specific example document for other individuals working with trail planning, construction, and maintenance. The handbook breaks this process into ten chapters and six appendices, which can be downloaded individually. Subjects include: working with land owners, trail evaluation forms, construction specifications for support structures. For additional information, the handbook includes a bibliography of references for additional context and background. The links below provide some example chapters.
What you’ll find
- Standards of Trail Construction (downloadable PDF)
- Safety for Trail Workers (downloadable PDF)
- Trail Layout (downloadable PDF)