Building Trails and Recreational Amenities
We consider a good trail
system to be one of the most important things your property should have.
If you have trails, you are much more likely to spend time in your
woods. Trails should take you
to all the parts of your property, particularly those spots that are
special to you. Also, when
you have work to be done, the trails provide good access to get that work
done (or to easily inspect the work if someone else is doing it for you).
It is important that
trails are designed and constructed properly.
They must provide for water drainage so you don’t end up with
muddy areas or damage to the trails from erosion.
On steeper ground, they should be constructed at a comfortable
grade for the way you travel, whether that is walking, biking, or
horseback riding. And if
properly designed, the trail system can double as an access system for
small-scale logging equipment if you decide to sell some of your trees.
In addition to trails,
you may want to consider other recreational amenities, such as campsites,
fire pits, or places to sit and rest.
These amenities can make your property more enjoyable for family
gatherings, creating a connection to the land among other family members.
They can also make the property more attractive if you ever decide
We can work with you to
design a trail system and get the trails built, including any additional
amenities you might want. We’ll
start by looking over maps with you and talking about how you would use
the trails. If you are very familiar with the property, you might already
know exactly where you would want trails located. If you’re not sure, we can do an exploratory walk through
the property to find any especially scenic spots, the best stream
crossings, or other considerations that might affect trail and
recreational amenity location.
For a good overview of
trail design and construction, we recommend:
Trail Design. 2011. University of Minnesota Extension.