Trailside Structures / Dispersed Recreation

Trailside Structures / Dispersed Recreation Skill Definition:

Build and maintain trail heads, parking lots, kiosks, sanitary facilities, camping facilities, traffic barriers, and directional signage.

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Resources for Trailside Structures / Dispersed Recreation

The Built Environment Image Guide
The Built Environment Image Guide

The built environment, as used in this guide, refers to the administrative and recreation buildings, landscape structures, site furnishings, structures on roads and trails, and signs installed or operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)…

Trail Sign Installation & Inventory
Trail Sign Installation & Inventory

Be much more sign savvy! Understand trail sign specifications and learn how to install signs correctly. Learn to record sign inventory records in conjunction with agency partners. Students must be seasoned hikers experienced with map reading, have…

Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Structures
Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Structures

​​This course serves as an introduction and overview to usage, construction, and form of critical trail structures. It begins with a focus on five main types of water crossings. Participants will be introduced to planning decisions based on trail…

North Country Trail Handbook
North Country Trail Handbook

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) extends for thousands of miles across seven states. Its layout, design, construction, and maintenance require the participation of a myriad of individuals and groups.

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Upcoming Trainings for Trailside Structures / Dispersed Recreation

Trail Building and Stewardship for Non-Motorized Multi-Use Trails Boot Camp
Vermont State University
Vermont State University
Sustainable Trail Building One-Year Certificate Program
Sustainable Trail Building One-Year Certificate Program

September 09, 2024

Lyndonville, Vermont

Custom Trainings

There are 50 trainers on TrailSkills
with Trailside Structures / Dispersed Recreation experience.


Jay Hoots

Hoots, Inc.

Contractor Trainer


JAY HOOTS – Hoots Ltd. Owner (2005 - Current) Qualifications: • Professional Bike Park / Trail…


Kevin Simpson

Mountain Surf Creative

Contractor Trainer Higher Education

Quincy, CA

Kevin founded Mountain Surf Creative in 2023 as a way to bring creative solutions to trail related…


Mark Loseth

Contractor Trainer

Flagstaff, AZ

For over 10 years, I have been designing and leading field-based trail trainings for land agencies,…


Kim Frederick

Chinook Associates LLC

Contractor Trainer Agency Corps Nonprofit Higher Education

Golden, CO

Kim Frederick has over 45 years of experience in the design, development and management of…


Stephen Crowe

Appalachian Mountain Club

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Cherry Valley, MA

Recruit, train and oversee volunteers to construct rock structures to harden treadway and maintain…


Amy Lutsko

Morris County Park Commission, NJ

Trainer Agency

Morristown, NJ

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Hire Workers

There are 185 profiles on TrailSkills
with Trailside Structures / Dispersed Recreation experience.


Amy Sullivan

USDA Forest Service


Joseph, OR

I manage the Wilderness and Trails programs on the north zone of the Wallowa-Whitman National…


Ron Cooper

Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation


Cedar City, UT

I have been doing trail maintenance for the past several years with both the USDA Forest Service as…


Ryan Ossola

Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Ridgway, CO


Ally Davey

Contractor Nonprofit


Trail Co-ordinator for Ride Coromandel and Hauraki District Council


Christopher Bernard

Sages Trail Solutions LLC


Spring, TX

Sages has been in business for more than 8 years and has built trails and trail related features…


Dustin London

Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA)


Littleton, CO

I have worked on trails for the last two years. The first year I was on a trails team and last…

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Trail Skills Collaborators
Federal Highway Administration USDA Forest Service National Park Service Bureau of Land Management
American Trails Professional TrailBuilders Association Partnership for the National Trails System Northern Vermont University Northwest Arkansas Community College Eppley Institute Corps Network