American Trails is Making a Difference!
American Trails is a national nonprofit organization that envisions quality trails and greenways within 15 minutes of every American home or workplace. We are working toward a national infrastructure of trails and greenways. Through education, communication, and partnerships, we pursue the creation and conservation of quality trails and greenway corridors that offer places of solace, promote health and fitness, and meet recreation and transportation needs of all Americans.
To accomplish this mission, American Trails coordinates the National Trails Symposium every two years, sponsors the National Trails Awards program, implements the National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP), serves as the lead nonprofit in the effort to revitalize the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program, implements the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP), produces Trail Tracks, the nation's only newsletter for all trail advocates and managers, and maintains one of the most extensive trails resource websites on the Internet. Emerging projects we're sponsoring or supporting include NRT photo and website contests, an NRT book, a TV series featuring long distance walks in America, and encouragement and recognition of art on trails. American Trails' strength lies in its diversity and in having an extensive, well-established communications network. Phone: (530) 547-2060 ~ Email: trailhead@AmericanTrails.org ~ Website: www.AmericanTrails.org
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas State Parks are proud to be co-sponsors of the 2004 National Trails Symposium and welcome you to come and enjoy Texas and Austin. The State Park Division manages over 130 state parks and historical sites located throughout the state. We are the number one provider of recreational trails in Texas with over 600 miles of hiking, nature, bike and equestrian trails, including the two premier rail-trails in Texas, the 64-mile long Caprock Canyons State Trailway in the Panhandle and the 20-mile long Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway just west of Fort Worth.
We also administer the National Recreational Trails Fund in Texas, distributing trail funding to local communities and nonprofit organizations to create new, or improve existing recreational trail opportunities. You are encouraged to experience one of the State Parks near Austin during your stay or plan a few extra days to explore the more remote regions of Texas. From Galveston Island State Park on the Gulf Coast to Franklin Mountains State Park near El Paso, you will find trails and campsites to satisfy all of your outdoor desires. To learn more about outdoor recreation opportunities in Texas, visit our website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department manages 208 parks, greenbelts and preserves with over 16,000 acres of land. Austin is often referred to as a "city within a park." It has a system of more than 100 miles of trails ranging from primitive to urban. For more than a decade, the "trails movement" in Austin has yielded great public support for trails and greenways. During this period, over $48 million has been secured for the building of trails and the acquisition of greenways. A community-wide survey revealed that trail-related activities are the most popular outdoor recreation for the majority of the population.
In Austin, trails provide a place for fun, socializing, exercise, and the opportunity to be out in nature. With over 25 miles of interconnected trails in the urban core of the City, trail use is an integral part of the day-to-day life of many citizens. Austin is known as one of the healthiest cities in the country, so come and experience the special quality of life where the community enjoys an active lifestyle built around its extensive trail system.
Since 1992, Texas Trails Network has been an advocate for ALL trail users through education, support, encouragement, and sponsorship. TTN has held dozens of seminars, conferences, and sessions, bringing together the best of the best trail designers, builders, users, and advocates available. With help from the National Park Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Department of Health, Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Recreation & Parks Society, Texas Bicycle Coalition, Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association, City of Grapevine, and numerous businesses, organizations, advocates, and trail users, TTN has worked hard for ALL trail users to bring attention to trails throughout the state of Texas. By sharing information with our elected officials, professional engineering and design firms, trail organizations, and user groups from all trail sectors, TTN has succeeded in becoming a centralized source of trail information for the state. Evidenced by the database of trails at www.TexasTrails.org, we are proud of our accomplishments to date. This only furthers our mission to promote quality development and management of recreational trails; provide a forum to address concerns related to trail acquisition, development, management, and user conflicts; and to promote the development of a trail system network. For information write firstname.lastname@example.org.