Trail Managers Toolbox

This Toolbox includes links to resources that trail and open space managers can use to develop and improve trails to better serve users and the community. Do you know of other resources that would benefit trail professionals? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to: trails@parks.ca.gov.

NOTE: California State Parks takes no responsibility for, or position on, research conducted and opinions offered by other organizations. The material below is offered solely as an informational service to California's trail professionals and is not endorsed or recommended by California State Parks. 

 


 

TRAILS AS TRANSPORTATION

Walking and Bicycling: What Does the Research Tell Us? (2008) 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy 


 

TRAIL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

California Trails and Greenways Conference 

American Trails Training Resources 

Federal Highways Administration Events 

American Trails National Symposium, Training Calendar

The Pacific Crest Trail Association, Trails Skills College 


MULTI-USE TRAIL MANAGEMENT

Equestrian-Bicyclist Conflict Resolution 

US Department of Transportation, Recreational Trails Program  

California Equestrian Trails & Lands Coalition Safety Considerations for Multi-use Trails 


 

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TRAILS

Literature Review: Economic Benefits of Bicycling 

Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors, 1995  

Estimating the economic value and impacts of recreation trails: a case study of the Virginia Creeper Rail Trail, 2007 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts, 2011 


TRAIL DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION

**NEW** California State Parks Trails HandbooK (2019)

National Park Service Publications 

Forest Service Publications List - Contains an extensive list of documents for building and maintaining accessible trails and related facilities  

National Trails Training Partnership 

Professional Trailbuilders Association 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Trail Building Tool Box 

International Mountain Bicycling Association 

Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads and Campgrounds 

Development of Trails along Canals, Flood Channels, and other Waterways - Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies, 2011  


 

TRAIL PLANNING / COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

California State Parks Publications:

The National Center for Biking and Walking

A Contingent Trip Model for Estimating Rail-Trail Demand, 2003 


 

TRAIL USE RESEARCH

California State Parks' Public Opinions and Attitudes on Outdoor Recreation in California, 2012

The Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children

Health Benefits of Trails 

USDA Forest Service, Internet Research Information Series Reports 

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy's Trail-Building Toolbox 


ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Public Access and Wildlife Compatibility, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, 2001 

US Forest Service, Drinking Water from Forests and Grasslands: A Synthesis of the Scientific Literature

Ecological Impacts of Recreational Use of Trails: A Literature Review  

Wintering Duck Response to Trail Use, 2009


 

TRAIL CONDITION ASSESSMENT TOOLS / MAINTENANCE

California State Parks Trails Handbook 2019

Trail Monitoring Manual, Daniel Boone National Forest, 2004 

Trail Resource Impacts and an Examination of Alternative Assessment Techniques

Assessing and Understanding Trail Degradation

Trail Degradation Along the Pat Sin Range

Assessing Trail Conditions in Protected Areas

Guidance for Managing Informal Trails, 2008 

Integrated Trail Impact, Assessment and Monitoring to Meet Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Needs 


 

TRAIL MARKETING AND PROMOTION

Below are a few of the best non-profit sites in California:

Pacific Crest Trail information from the Pacific Crest Trail Association

Information about the California Coastal Trail

Extensive list of trail organizations and information: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/07232816/page27.cfm

National Rails-to-Trails Map of California trails


FUNDING / GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

The California Natural Resources Agency publishes and regularly updates a comprehensive list of government-funded grant opportunities throughout California. http://resources.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Final-Agency-Grants-and-Loans.pdf

National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program


 

REGIONAL RESOURCES

Santa Barbara County Trails Council

Walk Bike Marin

Action Coalition of Equestrians (Sacramento and surrounding foothills)

Park Watch

Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (Los Angeles and Ventura Counties)

San Diego County's Indemnification Ordinance

Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council