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Trails matter. They shape us. They inspire us. They make the world a better place. . .

Trails connect us to nature and to each other through shared experiences in the outdoors. In turn we shape and impact trails. The trails of tomorrow include the trails of yesterday, they need our continued custodianship as much as we need everything they give us from connecting us to nature and culture to enhancing our health and wellbeing. Take a look at The Trail Manifesto, which  we encourage everyone to share and celebrate.

Networking all Stakeholders
Trails are a pathway to a reimagined future, one where all role players from the outdoor gear industry to adventure tourism, from governments to local communities, from remarkable individuals and athletes to trail builders and volunteers, find a space to continue to love, experience, protect and develop the global heritage that trails represent.

Around the World
Established in 2012 at the World Trails Conference in Jeju Island, South Korea, the World Trails Network is today an international organization championing the global trails industry and promoting the world’s leading trails and trail destinations. The network is seated  in Geneva, Switzerland as a membership based non-profit association. Our regional hubs in the Americas and Asia are represented by the World Trails Network – Hub for the Americas and the Asian Trails Network.

You are Invited
We invite you to join us. Working together we aim to further global collaboration and best practices for all trails around the world. Please scroll down and explore our website, get involved, share insights and promote your trails, business or services through our channels.

Working for the love of trails. . . around the world. 


The World Trails Network is an internationally representative body of the world’s leading trails and trail destinations. We are a globally active network of diverse, high quality, environmentally sustainable trails that work in our own regions to further the interests of the trails industry for the benefit of all.

Non-Profit Association
We are a non-profit association registered in Switzerland and the United States of America. As a volunteer driven organization we work across sectors to promote, protect and preserve trails around the world.

Projects and Campaigns
Our projects support trails through the World Trails Fund to strengthen their management and maintenance objectives, while our campaigns work to communicate the value of trails across sectors from tourism and conservation to health and recreation. 

Education and Networking
Education through networking and engagement is our primary focus and our actions include hosting the biennial World Trails Conference, publishing the Trails Around the World online journal and facilitating Educational Trail Expeditions.

Become a Member
Join us and contribute to one of the world’s most exciting and rewarding outdoor industries that shapes and preserves the trail infrastructure which underpins outdoor recreation, our access to nature, our enjoyment of diverse and remote cultures and our global wellbeing on 5 continents.

If you are a trail enthusiast, a trail professional or a trail organization, do not hesitate to join us and become actively involved in one of our Task Teams, share knowledge, expertise and passion with an inspiring community dedicated to trails.























Trail & Knowledge

Sharing knowledge resources and providing a platform for education and learning between trails is one of our core. . . read more

Trails & Tourism

Trails are a significant infrastructure that support multiple adventure and tourism activities . . . read more

Trails & Nature

Many of the world’s trails pass through nature areas and places of rare beauty, we encourage conservation . . .  read more

Trails & Culture

Cultural heritage and pilgrimage trails demand protection and preservation help us support them. . . read more

Trails & Events

Through a series of global events the World Trails Network brings trail professionals together to learn, to share. . . read more

Trails & Sustainability

This team focuses on trail development, design and best practices in management. The core  . . . read more

Trails & Towns

Urban trails are playing an increasing role in city greening and development, this team looks. . .  read more

Trails & Media

Digital media is reshaping the way trails are portrayed and marketed to a global audience, this team addresses . . . read more



Our 8th World Trails Conference will take place in 2020 in Pokhara, Nepal. Join us and make new friends, network and learn from other trails around the world. Sign up for our newsletter to receive further information.


All member trails of the World Trails Network are listed in the Trails Atlas, a collection of some of the world’s leading trails. Browse the Atlas and contact us to join and have your trail listed here too, so others may find you.

All members of the network agree to uphold and promote the values put forward in the World Trails Network Values Statement. Our aim is to take the global trails industry forward with a strong focus on sustainability and good practice.

Find out more about how to become a member of this growing international network. The benefits and opportunities offered by the World Trails Network are many and varied and are there to help you partake in an exciting industry.

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