Learn all about Trail Building and Maintenance

The Ice Age Trail Alliance has published a rucksack load of informational booklets on trail building and maintenance, specific to the Ice Age Trail. You can find links to many of them here. These are PDF’s, and clicking the link will download them for your own library. Toward the end are other references from the NPS, DNR, and USFS.

Trails Overview


Trail Layout and Design 101


Introduction to Rigging for Trails


Trail Structures Notebook


Trail Stewardship Notebook


Trail Signage Notebook

     Trail Signage 101

     Trail Signage 201


The IATA’s roadmap for trail project planning: the Project Review Form


NPS Resources: Trail Development and Management Standards


Wisconsin DNR: Runoff Standards for Public Trails Near Waterways and Wetlands


US Forest Service: Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook