Trail Maintenance and Management Planning

Trail systems in densely populated areas often reveal the impact of high-use. For example:

  • Muddy spring conditions quickly become a trail remediation disaster.
  • Unsound construction practices or dilapidated structures create unsafe conditions.
  • Lack of appropriate signage causes confusion and unwanted social trails result as users stray off the intended path.

Timber & Stone, LLC works with municipalities and organizations to develop comprehensive maintenance and management plans for existing trail systems. By performing a foot-by-foot analysis of the trail, areas of current and potential repair are identified. After fieldwork is complete, observations and analysis of the trail is compiled into a document which includes:

  • Identification and photo documentation of areas in need of repair
  • Recommendations of how to best complete the rehabilitation
  • Prioritization of trail upgrades and repairs
  • Trail construction specifications
  • Cost estimates (upon request)

Please contact us directly if you would like to receive a sample of Trail Maintenance and Management Plans completed for former clients.

"In the fall of 2010, Timber & Stone, LLC completed a Trail Maintenance Management Plan for Indian Brook Park...Josh worked with our staff to design a document that would be easy to follow and understand. The finished product was a detailed, comprehensive document that exceeded our expectations."

— Mark Berry, Parks and Recreation Director, Town of Essex, VT

Trail Maintenance and Management Planning Case Study: Indian Brook Reservoir, Essex, Vermont

As part of the Trail Management and Maintenance Plan, a short bridge was installed over this perennial stream. The bridge's railing system and stone cribbing work together to provide safe passage for the trail user while protecting the stream ecosystem.

In some areas of the Indian Brook Trail System the tread had been significantly widened by users avoiding muddy areas. In this section, the trail was restored to it's original width and the tread was improved to be inviting to users while remaining sustainable in design.

This boardwalk brings visitors to the edge of the Indian Brook Reservoir. By elevating the trail tread, the surrounding vegetation was able to grow back to its original state.