• American Trails Resource Library: Collection of resources on planning, creating, managing and maintaining land trails (website)
    Source: American Trails
  • Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook. Includes chapters on trail planning, design, surface water control, crossing streams, signs, etc. (website)
    Source: Federal Highway Administration
  • 10 Trail Mistakes to Avoid (PDF)
    Source: National Park Service
  • 12 Trail Design Principles – Human & Physical, adapted by John Monroe from Natural Surface Trails (PDF)
    Source: National Park Service
  • Menu of Guiding Principles for Trail Design: a checklist to help guide your thinking (PDF)
    Source: National Park Service
  • Trail Specifications and Standards Menu: a list of trail specifications from which you can pick which to use for your trails (PDF)
    Source: National Park Service


  • Blue Trails Guide: informational guides that cover planning, funding, access, launches, camp sites, maintenance, signage, maps, media outreach, case studies (website)
    Source: American Rivers
  • ExploreRI: Guide to fresh and saltwater kayaking and canoeing (website)
    Source: Rhode Island Blueways Alliance