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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 (, if you have any questions that aren’t answered in the resources linked below.

General Guidelines 

By Use Type  

Accessible Recreation   

Mountain Biking   

Rail Trails and Multi-Use Paths   


Backcountry Ski   


River Access   

Rock Climbing  

Trails Near Wetlands   

Trails Near Rivers  

  • VT DEC Rivers Program Recreation Trail Building and Riparian Areas – Coming soon