Why Urban Trails?
Trails in cities and urban centers are a critical piece of our state's trail system. They boast many of the things we look for in the backcountry — fresh air, wildlife and the greenery our Evergreen State is famous for — often with a fraction of the time commitment. Many can be accessed by public transportation or require no transportation at all. And they're great places not only to hike, but to spend time with friends and family, exercise or commute — often on a daily basis.
But there's a problem. Most of our urban green spaces and trails are concentrated in affluent parts of Washington's cities. We believe everyone deserves access to these places to enjoy green space, get exercise or simply connect with other people. The benefits of time in nature are undeniable, and urban trails and parks make it that much easier for more people to access those benefits.
With The Trail Next Door, we're building on the successes of our other campaigns, Lost Trails Found and Trails Rebooted. Together, the three campaigns will help build a healthy, sustainable trail system from neighborhood parks all the way to remote backcountry trails. And just as one trail work project might require a shovel while another needs a crosscut saw, supporting close-in trails will require different tools than caring for remote trails. We are excited to deepen our partnerships in urban spaces over the course of the next year and learn how we can best increase access to urban trails and improve folks' experiences on them.
See what we're up to next door
Progress Report: Glendale Forest, Building a Neighborhood Trail
Apr 04, 2022
Get the latest on this urban park and see how WTA's Emerging Leaders Program, land managers, and local residents are working to see it opened to the public.
Where We’re Needed Most: How WTA Decides Where We Work
There's a lot to consider when we decide where to work on trail around the state. By Jessi Loerch
Hiking From Home: Explore your City Surroundings
Feb 28, 2022
A hike doesn’t have to involve a long drive to a trailhead deep in the backcountry. You can get the same physical and mental health benefits by going for a walk right from your front door.
How we are Creating a Path to Trails for Everyone, Forever
We envision a future where there are Trails for Everyone, Forever and our new strategic plan outlines how we’re going to achieve this vision. By Allie Tripp
A Year of Achievements in Glendale Park
Dec 13, 2021
WTA, partners and the local community have made incredible headway in bringing access to this local park.
What Do You Want From Seattle Parks? Let Them Know
Sep 29, 2021
The city of Seattle's Parks and Recreation Department wants to hear from you to help them shape their priorities for the coming years.