Horse trails book teaches ecologically sound principles

By Debbie Dalhouse

Horse trails book cover: book teaches ecologically sound principlesHorse trail designers now have a new resource, Recreational Horse Trails in Rural and Wildland Areas, principally written and edited by Gene Wood, professor emeritus. The 256-page book includes contributions from 16 authors around the nation, as well as from Wood, a nationally recognized expert on the topic.

Wood began trails work on the Clemson Experimental Forest in the mid-1990s out of a love of trail riding and in an effort to learn to design, construct, and maintain recreational horse trails that were safe, ecologically sound, and economically sustainable.

Produced in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program and the American Horse Council, the book’s 14 chapters plus appendices cover fundamental ecosystem considerations, trail design principles, trail construction and maintenance, and trailhead and campground designs, as well as management issues confronting land managers in five different ecosystems. Proceeds from book sales will support trail research and management programs at Clemson.

To order:

For information: Gene Wood, 864-650-1742,