Trail Planning

National Trails System Council Update

2021-22 marks a year of transition for the National Trails System Council.  By John Cannella, National Program Manager, NPS National Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails Systems. As many of you know, the National Trails System Council (formerly known as the Federal Interagency Council…

Fire Watch on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Two brush fires on the AT within two weeks have officials and land managers on alert. On April 30, 2021, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced a 7.4 mile trail closure in Virginia near the popular hiking destinations of Dragon’s Tooth and McAfee Knob as a…

Tool Box (National Historic Trails Socorro Workshop)

This Tool Box is prepared by Steve Burns of the National Park Service-National Trails System Intermountain Region.  In one file, the tool box holds details about the National Trails System Act and a substantial set of practical resources for historic trails leaders on topics including:…

Oregon-California Trails Association Strategic Plan


Pacific Crest Trail Association Strategic Plan

2014-2017 (updated)

Arizona Trail Association Strategic Plan

2011-2016. A seven-page condensed strategic plan for development and management of the Arizona National Scenic Trail.