American Rivers Launches Blue Trails Guide

NFCT Partner American Rivers launched their new Blue Trails Guide ( at the National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas in mid-November.  The Northern Forest Canoe Trail contributed to the guide as a best practices resource.

Blue trails, known by many as water trails or paddling trails, have the incredible potential to stimulate local economies, encourage physical activity, improve community pride, and make rivers and communities healthier.

The Blue Trails Guide provides step-by-step instructions for developing thriving blue trails, the water equivalent to hiking trails, in your community. To have a successful blue trail you need to have a healthy water body, which is why the guide focuses on conservation. You’ll find practical advice on planning, building, and managing for conservation as well as case studies from experienced practitioners across the country.

The Blue Trails Guide is designed for anyone interested in creating a blue trail including, but not limited to, planners, conservation organizations, recreational enthusiasts, and local and state governments.


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