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American Trails hosts the next International Trails Symposium in Portland May 17-20, 2015. The Symposium addresses every aspect of trails, greenways, and blueways. Learn from dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops and network with experts and enthusiasts from across the globe.


Thank you to our local host and sponsor, Metro, and to our major partners, The Intertwine, MIG, Inc., Northwest Youth Corps, and the Professional TrailBuilders Association, as well as the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife, and USDA Forest Service.


Portland: the video

See a great video of images around Portland. Don't miss this lively look at people, activities, transportation, trails, the city, and beautiful scenes.
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Nominate a trail for NRT designation

Is your trail a good candidate for National Recreation Trail designation? Applications for NRT designation are being taken this fall. For trails on local, state, and private lands, and on federal lands (except National Forests and Grasslands), the deadline is November 1.
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More Symposium resources

Our Symposium index page includes details of 16 years of the American Trails International Trails Symposium
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Awards at the Symposium

Nomination forms are available for the 2015 American Trails National and International Trails Awards.
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Latest News and Resources

Portland, Oregon - Our host city

Portland features parks, squares, and wide sidewalks– plus a network of streetcars, buses, and light rail. 

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Award-winning website highlights Portland area trails

The Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region has a comprehensive website for trails and outdoor destinations, which won a Coalition for Recreational Trails achievement award for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds. 

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Is Portland America’s best bicycling city?

Portland was rated America's most bike-friendly city in 2012 by Bicycling magazine. The city has made great efforts to accommodate bikes on streets, public transportation, and along the greenways. 

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Major trail connector plan approved

A version of the 25-mile Westside Trail has been envisioned since the 1904 "Olmstead Plan" for the City of Portland's park system. The master plan for the trail approved this week connects a number of significant parks and natural areas in Washington County. 

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Portland Hikers Field Guide

Portland Hikers Field Guide is a place to find and share knowledge about great hikes and destinations in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  

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Rich Guadagno Memorial National Recreation Trail

The 1000th National Recreation Trail at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, south of Portland, was dedicated to former refugemanagers, Rich Guadagno, who was killed September 11, 2001, aboard United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. 

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Portland Sunday Parkways: car-free streets

Sunday Parkways is back for another year of walking, riding, rolling and moving! Last year, 85,480 residents and visitors participated, getting active while enjoying car-free streets in communities across Portland. 

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The Intertwine Alliance works for completion of the region’s trail network

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of private firms, public agencies, and nonprofits working together to create a movement for parks, trails and natural areas. 

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Symposium Sponsors

Join our many sponsors and exhibitors to network with the nationwide trails community and maximize your visibility and message. Download the Sponsorship & Exhibitor Packet now...