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Flood Resources

Recommended Trail Standards

Designing and building high-quality trails that facilitate a positive experience and protect natural resources can feel like a daunting task. There are many resources available from multiple trails organizations that can help throughout the process. Please reach out to Claire Polfus, Recreation Program Manager (claire.polfus@vermont.gov), if you have any questions that aren’t answered in the resources linked below.

 

General Guidelines 

  • USFS Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook 
  • USFS Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives 
  • Vermont Town Forest Trail Design Guide  
  • Guidance for Non-Native Invasive Plant Species Monitoring and Control in Connection with Section 248 Projects  

 

By Use Type  

  • Accessible Recreation   
  • USFS Accessibility Guidebook   
  • Access Board Guidance for Boating Facilities  
  • Access Board Guidance for Fishing Piers 
  • Adaptive Mountain Bike Standards    
  • Mountain Biking   
  • IMBA Guidelines for a High Quality Trail Experience    
  • Rail Trails and Multi-Use Paths   
  • VTrans Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design Manual  
  • Equestrian  
  • USFS Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails Trailheads and Campgrounds 
  • Backcountry Ski   
  • Vermont Backcountry Ski Handbook 
  • Snowmobile   
  • VAST Best Practices for the Development of Snowmobile Trails 
  • River Access   
  • NPS River Access Planning Guide  
  • Rock Climbing  
  • Access Fund Climbing Management Guide  
  • Trails Near Wetlands   
  • USFS Wetland Trail Design and Construction  
  • VT DEC Wetlands Program Recreation Trail Building and Wetlands   
  • Trails Near Rivers  
  • VT DEC Rivers Program Recreation Trail Building and Riparian Areas – Coming soon  
  • Campsites   
  • USGS Sustainable Camping Best Management Practices 
  • ATC-USFS-NPS-GMC Backcountry Sanitation Manual