Resource Materials

Beyond the Trail Science and Insight pages in the menu, below are more trail resources.

American Trails Resource Library

Planning, Design, Construction, and Maintenance

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  1. United States Department of Agriculture–Forest Service, US Forest Service National Trail Drawings and Specifications.
  2. United States Department of Agriculture–Forest Service, Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook, 2004 Edition.


Mountain Biking


United States Department of Agriculture Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails helps designers and managers apply accessibility standards to their outdoor recreation sites and trails or how to use:

  1. The Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines (FSORAG)–the accessibility standard for campgrounds, picnic areas, viewing overlooks, swimming beaches and the pathways that connect the facilities within those recreation areas.
  2. The Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG) apply to new or altered trails that are designed for pedestrian hiking and which connect directly to a trailhead or to another trail that currently complies with these guidelines. The goal is to maximize accessibility while not changing the character or experience of the trail setting. FSTAG is also available as a pocket guide.
  3. Note the disclaimers in the documents above.
  4. More Accessibility Resources and documents available here.





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