American Trails Symposium

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The 20th American Trails National Symposium begins this weekend in Chattanooga.  American Trails is a national nonprofit organization that promotes recreational trails all across America.  Through education, networking, advocacy and resources American Trails works with federal, state, regional and local agencies and organizations to help design and build sustainable trail systems.  The organization works with all types of recreational trails including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling.

Workshops are scheduled all around the region during this symposium with topics that include Understanding Accessibility and Building Better Trails, Effective Trail Management, and The Art and Science of Trails.  Local organizations will be hosting tours of trails in locations like Prentice Cooper State Forest, the River Walk, paddling the Blueway through the Tennessee River Gorge and more.

The exhibition hall at the Chattanooga Convention Center will be open to the public on Sunday, November 14th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm and there will also be public sessions on Wednesday November 17th at 4:00 pm and also on Thursday at 9:00 am focusing on National Trails Training Partnership.  You can find the symposium schedule here.

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