Greenways Resources

The resources linked below are designed to offer trail advocates, organizations, municipalities, counties, and others implementing trail and greenway projects access to the best practices which are often referenced by trail planning and design practitioners.  Please let us know if you are aware of additional resources that are not listed!

Non-Motorized Trail Resources

Rails to Trails Conservancy Trail Building Toolbox

National Trails Training Partnership – Resources and Library

International Mountain Bicycling Association – Trail Building Resources

International Mountain Bicycling Association – Liability and Lawsuits

USDA Forest Service – Trail Construction and Maintenance Handbook

USDA Forest Service – US Forest Service National Trail Drawings and Specifications

Motorized Trail Resources

Pennsylvania Trail Design Manual for Off Highway Recreational Vehicles

National Off Highway Vehicle Council – Tools

National Off Highway Vehicle Council – Management Guidelines for OHV Recreation

American Council of Snowmobiles – Resources

Water Trail Resources

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network – Water Trail Toolbox

Pedestrian and Bicycle Resources

PennDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Resources

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Image Library

U.S. Department of Transportation Design Guidance Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach

U.S. Department of Transportation – Recreational Trails Program – Publications – The Complete Resource for Walking, Health, and Diet

America Bikes – Bikability Checklist

Partnership for a Walkable America – Walkability Checklist


U.S. Access Board – Draft Final Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas

Safe Routes to Schools

Pennsylvania Safe Routes to Schools

National Safe Routes to Schools

Environmental Ethics

Tread Lightly

Leave No Trace

Model Easement Agreements

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association – Model Easement Agreements and Commentary for Conservation Easements, Trail Easements, Fishing Access Easements, Water Quality Improvement Easements, Riparian Buffer Protection Easements

Conservation Resources

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association – Conservation Tools Library

Sustainable Development

PennDOT Traffic Calming Handbook

Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Standards for Residential Site Development

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association – Conservation Tools

Active Living by Design

Economic Development

Clarion River Recreation Assessment

Trail Towns – Capturing Trail Based Tourism, A Guide for Pennsylvania Communities

Pine Creek 2006 Rail Trail User Survey

Trail Utilization Study: Analysis of the trail systems within the Oil Heritage Region

Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town Impact Study Phase 1: Business Survey

Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town Impact Study Phase 2: Trail User Survey

Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town Impact Study

Rails to Trails Conservancy – Trail User Surveys and Economic Impact, A Comparison of trail user expenditures

Ecological Resources by County

Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program – County Natural Heritage Inventories

Marcellus Shale Resources

FracTracker – Marcellus Shale Data Tracking

Penn State Cooperative Extension – Local Government Resources

Penn State Cooperative Extension – Land Owners Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

Public Participation

National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

Pennsylvania Trail Advocates

Keystone Trails Association

Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association

Pennsylvania Off-Highway Vehicle Association

Pennsylvania Equine Council

Pennsylvania Wilds

PA Wilds Resource Center

PA Wilds Design Guidelines

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation

Pennsylvania Greenways – Greenways Clearinghouse Database

Additional Resources

Snowmobile Maintenance (Suggested by Lucas, age 11)

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