Trails

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Picture, if you will, a maple sugar harvest. It’s a storybook scene: a snowy New England forest, a bucket hanging on every tree catching a steady drip of sap, and a big vat simmering sweetly over a wood fire in a tumbledown barn, slowly reducing the sap into rich, amber syrup.

“Nope—mine...

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There is a stand of quaking aspens hovering over Drake Avenue in Northeast Chicago. OK, it’s not hovering; the trees are planted there, flanking part of an elevated trail that connects 2.7 miles of natural beauty in a city of nearly 3 million people.

Runners pad upon blue rubberized...

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When it comes to iconic urban design, spaces such as Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square, New York’s Central Park, and Ryōanji garden in Kyoto claim top spots. But a great public space need not be contained within a few city blocks or even a city's limits. In the case of the Chattahoochee...

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In the deep midwinter—the cold, dark stretch between the holidays and Groundhog Day—options for outdoor activity can feel limited. But there are special places we've protected from coast to coast that offer plenty of ways to while away a winter weekend in the great outdoors. So whether snow...

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For the past two decades, we've pioneered a movement that not only saves precious forestlands but also generates social and economic benefits. And we do it by putting communities at the center, championing local ownership and increasing access.

During the colonial era, forests that were...

South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park

In 2018, The Trust for Public Land began collaborating with the community of South Oak Cliff, a neighborhood in Dallas, to transform a vacant lot across the street from their high school in a community greenspace. For decades the lot had sat empty, becoming a haven for illegal dumping. Through dozens of community engagement events, including a pop-up park, community hikes, and clean-up days, we worked closely with neighborhood residents and students and faculty from South Oak Cliff High School to create a plan for transforming the vacant lot into a neighborhood park that reflected the desires of the people who live in this tight-knit Texas community. 

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Few sights dazzle the eye like a stunning display of autumn foliage, and fall is in full swing at Trust for Public Land–protected places around the country.

We’re celebrating the season by sharing some favorite spots in all their red, gold, and orange glory. If you wish you could be road-...

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The Appalachian Trail is a solid contender for the title of America’s most famous footpath. The 2,190-mile route passes through 14 states and welcomes more than 2 million people each year, though just a few thousand will complete the arduous, six-month “thru hike” from Georgia to Maine.

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As Highway 1 crosses the Santa Ana River into the city of Newport Beach, California, it passes an unexpected open space. Buildings and roads briefly give way to a stretch of scrubby dunes lined with a chain-link fence. Beyond, sandstone outcroppings are studded with massive prickly pear cacti,...

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If you’ve taken a hike anywhere within an hour’s drive of Seattle, chances are, you have Jim Ellis to thank for it. A legendary civic leader who passed away in 2019 at age 98, Ellis was the force behind an extraordinary range of public projects throughout the Puget Sound region. As a young...

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