Coastal Smart Growth Home: Getting Started: Provide Maps


Maps, signage, and guides are important resources to help users discover alternative routes for walking, biking, and paddling. Blue trails are the river equivalent to hiking trails: corridors developed for recreation along river corridors or other bodies of water.

How to Get Started

Minnesota State Water Trails

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) maintains maps and information on the state's water trails.

Blue Trails Guide

The Blue Trails Guide, produced by the American Rivers organization, includes step-by-step instructions on how to plan, build, manage, and promote blue trails in a community. The guide includes local case studies from around the country.

Trail-Building Toolbox

Rails to Trails is a conservancy dedicated to creating a nationwide network of hiking trails out of former railroad lines. The organization's trail-building toolbox includes resources on how to acquire, plan, build, and manage trails.