assessing Alabama trails
Beneficial Designs has been involved with the assessment and development of signage for 2 Alabama State Parks. HETAP/UTAP training was also provided at Oak Mountain State Park for park management and other land personnel.
miles of trail assessed
TAI SignPosts installed
trail maps installed
click an image to see the trail signage
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to see trail signage
Oak Mountain State Park
Located near Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama’s largest park and recipient of Tripadvisor’s 2019 “Certificate of Excellence.” The park offers over 50 miles of trail and a wide range of activities, making this park a prime location for visitors of all abilities.
The Lakeshore Foundation (Lakeshore) and the Alabama Trails Commission provided funding for Beneficial Designs to perform detailed assessments of the trail system at Oak Mountain State Park. Utilizing the High-Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP), Beneficial Designs completed the trail assessment while providing on-site and in-classroom training in HETAP and the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) for park managers and other land personnel.
A total of 22 trails and 36 miles of trail of an extensive trail system were assessed. After the assessment and training, Beneficial Designs processed the data and developed TAI signage for use by both management and public. Reports and signage detailing the level of access provided and objective trail information for users were provided. A panel map was designed, displaying the entire trail system along with all the relevant Trail Access Information. TAI SignPosts were posted at individual trails as well.
Gulf State Park
Beneficial Designs also assessed trails at Gulf State Park, covering 23 trails, totaling 20 miles of trails. Trail Access Information (TAI) summaries were provided, detailing the level of access provided and objective trail information for users.