Out on the River – Work or Play?

Upper Colorado | Jamie Mierau During my first week as the Eagle River Blue Trail Coordinator with American Rivers I was fortunate to float with my colleagues on the upper Colorado River from Rancho Del Rio to the new boat ramp at Catamount Bridge.  Floating a stretch of the Upper Colorado for the first time… Read more »

Your Vote Counts with the American Trails Awards

Photo by DNR Staff Shelly C It’s that time of year to nominate your Trail heroes for the American Trails Award! This award has a number of categories where you can nominate your Trail champions – from the Lifetime Service Award to Trails Advocacy to Outstanding Trail Sharing; the American Trail is looking to recognize… Read more »

Get Outside and Play – National Get Outdoors Day

Boundary Waters, MN | Joe Brandmeier Come one, no, come all! Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day! Events are happening in all fifty states promoting recreation, fun in the sun, and providing kids and families’ sites to get outside. Outdoor participation includes everything from building a kite and constructing a fort to hiking, biking and swimming…. Read more »

Staying Fit in the Great Outdoors

Innovative solutions like Blue Trails can help communities stay healthy and address nature-deficit disorder. I love summer – endless sunshine and spending most, if not all of my free time outside. There are new places to discover – backyards, parks, and rivers to name a few – that become my favorite summer spots. Exploring the… Read more »

Transforming A Forgotten Creek Into A Community Treasure

Kayaking Hitchcock Creek | Bob Irvin “This all has far exceeded our expectations” Rockingham, NC mayor Steve Morris told American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin and me as he drove us on an early May day to the Roberdel Access. We were going to kayak down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail [PDF] to celebrate its official… Read more »

Blue Trails Guide

Coming Soon: The Blue Trails Guide A river house on west creek, Waccamaw River, SC | Charles Slate We’re very excited to announce that we are completely overhauling and updating the Blue Trails Guide website. It will provide better resources and great ways for you to connect with your river. Stay tuned for a relaunch… Read more »

Making the Link: Conservation, Recreation and our Economy – Part Two

Eagle River, CO at Duck Pond | © Fay Augustyn Last week I blogged about the connection between the economy, recreation and open space here in the western United States. Protecting open space is beneficial for both residents and tourists alike, and in turn is good for local economies. According to the Colorado Division of… Read more »

South Carolina’s Ashley River Blue Trail

This is a guest blog from Howard Bridgman. American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail for the Ashley River in South Carolina. Guest blogger, Howard Bridgman, former Summerville Town Council member and founding member of the Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, writes about our work to connect local… Read more »

A Southeastern Gem: The Ashley River Blue Trail

This is a guest blog from Howard Bridgman. American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail for the Ashley River in South Carolina. Guest blogger, Howard Bridgman, former Summerville Town Council member and founding member of the Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, writes about our work to connect local… Read more »