Many people who recreate in the great outdoors utilize trails to enhance their experience, and they especially enjoy a great trail. A great OHV trail offers an outstanding recreation experience and an invigorating, re-creating WOW feeling. A multitude of physical, subliminal, and emotional elements can trigger that WOW feeling. How can it be re-created? This website and the companion guidebook walk you through everything you need to know to design, plan, rejuvenate, manage, and maintain a great OHV trail.

The building blocks of great trails and the process of creating great OHV trails starts with an understanding of the interconnected principles of OHV management. These principles need to be carried through the planning, design, implementation, maintenance, and program management, and they apply to existing trails as well as new trails.

Planners, designers, and managers must keep the 4Es of engineering, education, enforcement, and evaluation in the forefront of their mind in their work to create great trails. If riders find what they want on the trail, they won’t look for it off the trail.

What keeps a great trail great? The answer is effective management and maintenance. All of the components of the Great Trail continuum are tied together and not one can stand alone. Successful long-term management and maintenance have to be not only a consideration, but a driver in trail and program planning, design, and implementation.