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Thank you for your interest in hosting the 2019 International Trails Symposium!

The bid packet for the 2019 International Trails Symposium is not currently available.

If you are interested in hosting, please contact Candace Mitchell at candace@americantrails.org or (530) 605-4395 to be included on the list to receive the bid packet once it’s available or if you have any questions.


We are looking to hold the 24th American Trails International Trails Symposium in the Spring of 2019. All of the details on what is requested of the host community and required in a proposal will be outlined in the bid packet once available.

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For geographic balance and to better serve the trails community, proposals from communities in the northeastern “quadrant” of the United States are especially encouraged to bid and will be given priority consideration. If you are not a northeastern State and are still interested in hosting 2019, we highly encourage you to go ahead and submit a bid. If we receive an exceptional bid outside of this preferred quadrant, the Board may decide to adjust this priority for 2019 and award the Symposium to that bidder. Then the Board would plan to award the next Symposium to a northeastern State in 2021. Also, the Board may decide to go ahead and award both 2019 and 2021 Symposiums, if exceptional bids are received. (Specific details on this will be included in the bid packet.) In addition, with us now partnering with the Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) for our Symposium, their input into the selection process will also be key.

To prepare for possibly hosting a future International Trails Symposium, we will require the following in a bid proposal:

     1. The official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) (such as the Convention and          Visitors Bureau, Tourism Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Lead Economic Development          Organization (LEDO), or equivalent organization)

     2. State agency (such as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of          Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Transportation, State Parks, or similar State          agency)

     3. The City or County or a metro regional government (or a combination of them). Because          success depends on the enthusiastic support of State and local agencies, we will NOT accept          proposals from hotels, resorts, or attractions.

We encourage anyone who is interested in hosting the 2019 Symposium (or future Symposiums) to attend and exhibit at the 2017 International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10, 2017!


View the History and Statistics of Past Symposiums…

View the Testimonials from Past Symposium Host Communities…

Learn more about Past Symposiums…


Highlight your State and community’s trail achievements by hosting 600 - 900 attendees composed of trail planners, builders, volunteers, engineers, managers, administrators, media, trail user and trail advocacy organizations, company/industry representatives – and anyone interested in trails – at the next International Trails Symposium. The Symposium attracts nationally and internationally known experts who can provide your local elected officials and decision-makers, trail users and volunteers, private developers, advocacy organizations, and government agencies with state-of-the-art information on trail planning, construction, management, advocacy, active transportation, and more.

Out-of-state attendance can be a significant revenue generator for your community. According to Travel Portland, the 2015 Symposium infused over $1.3 million dollars into the Portland economy! Past host communities have experienced a tremendous increase in tourism as their community has become known for its rich trail resources and hospitality. Other host communities have found the Symposium has provided a catalyst for their organization to identify and build new leadership, increase partnerships, bring more attention to the benefits of trails, shine the light on their many success stories, increase funding for trails, build their volunteer base, attract publicity and new supporters, as well as additional benefits.


For questions on hosting an International Trails Symposium, contact:

Candace Mitchell, Executive Assistant and Communications Specialist


(530) 605-4395








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American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395