Trails Visioning

Trails Visioning is a planning process that works with a trail group to identify a trail’s attributes and opportunities for improvement. Trees Forever staff facilitate this multi-meeting planning process and work with volunteer committees to develop images of what trail improvements will look like when installed. As a result of participating in this program, trail groups across the state have succeeded in completing trail projects from this conceptual stage into fully implemented trail improvements.

The Trails Visioning process covers three phases of the planning process: assessment, design, and implementation planning. These phases are addressed in a series of meetings that take place over approximately six months. A local steering committee must be identified for the project.

This planning process can address the following types of projects:

  • Trailhead planning, design and improvements
  • Protection/enhancement of natural areas adjacent to trail
  • Safety and comfort of trail users
  • Directional signage
  • Stormwater management methods

There is no limit on the length of trail eligible for Trails Visioning.


Trail users in Breda, Iowa

Trails Visioning Application Form


Please contact Emily Swihart at 563-260-1000 with any questions.

Design reports from past participants