Comprehensive Trails Management Plan

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The National Park Service is working on a strategy for the future development and maintenance of the pedestrian and multi-use trail system for the entirety of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. After working with the public and professional trail designers, the NPS developed a set of preliminary management strategies for the trail system. The preliminary management strategies have been reviewed by the public and the NPS is now working to incorporate public interests and concerns into a draft Comprehensive Trails Plan.

The Trails Plan aims to improve the physical, fiscal, and social sustainability of the park's trail system. Current park trails frequently follow fall-lines, which makes them susceptible to erosion and soil loss. The current system is also costly to maintain, as most of the trails the park manages were never designed or constructed but rather created by visitors. At some locations, visitors have different goals and motivations, leading to visitor use conflicts.

The will include programmatic actions, which would apply parkwide, and specific trail designs for each unit. Programmatic strategies will include facilitating public access through a system of designated trailheads and trail access points. Unauthorized trails and trail access would be restored to natural conditions, and trails and key destinations would be clearly marked. Trails would be designed primarily as natural surface single track trails, while a few select locations like would have wider, hardened, and unpaved trails to provide connectivity to a proposed regional greenway. All of the park's trails would be developed to maximize accessibility to users of various abilities, and the proposed design includes an increase in fully accessible trail mileage. Additional opportunities for public input will be provided when the DRAFT document has been completed.

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Beth Wheeler Byrd