Trail Design Manuals


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Why write another book on planning and designing trails, trailheads, and campgrounds? The answer is simple. Very few of the references now available address the needs of equestrians. This guidebook addresses their needs. It is written with a specific audience in mind--planners, architects, engineers, landscape architects, land managers, equestrian advocates, and private developers who want to create successful recreation opportunities for riders. The emphasis is on highly developed recreation facilities and programs, such as those in urban, rural, and some wildland areas.  Sep 1, 2015, 8:50 AM Ken Carpenter
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manual provides guidelines for developing sustainable motorized and nonmotorized trails. Extensive attention is given to developing trails that are physically, ecologically, and economically sustainable. A newly-developed trail classification system is described to enhance consistency in how different types of trails are planned and designed. The principles of trail design emphasize the art of designing trails to make them more visually appealing and enjoyable. Technical design guidelines for various types of trails are also extensively considered in the manual. Click the link below to download--CAUTION! This is a very large file, almost 700 MB. Ken has a copy of this  Jun 5, 2010, 2:04 PM Ken Carpenter
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Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook by: FHWA  Jun 5, 2010, 2:03 PM Ken Carpenter
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List of Design Books and DVD's  39k v. 1 Jun 5, 2010, 3:26 PM Ken Carpenter
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MN DNR’s New Trail Planning, Design, and Development Guidelines Recreational Value and Sustainability through Sound Planning and Design Practices  1042k v. 1 Jun 5, 2010, 1:54 PM Ken Carpenter
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The USDA Forest Service Standard Trail Plans and Specifications are for the design, construction, and maintenance of National Forest System trails and trail bridges. These plans and specifications also are available for other Federal, State, and local agencies, communities, trail partners, volunteers, and entities.  Sep 1, 2015, 8:51 AM Ken Carpenter
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