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Trail Signs - Draft Guideline

Trail Signs - Draft Guideline

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Published by: ::nyx on Oct 21, 2011
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The development of trail signs requires an understanding of the type of trail user, the
nature of their participation and the typical themes of interests for that user group.

Trail signs should not only take a focus on common themes relating to cultural
heritage, natural history and conservation, but consider the mode of travel (horse,
bicycle, kayak, walking, running, scuba diving etc.) and the speed and height at
which they travel to enable a clear visual contact with signs for a period of time that
allows comprehension of sign information.

Trails with a tourism focus will also need to provide information on tourist attractions
and support infrastructure such as accommodation, food and wine opportunities,
transport, toilets and parking. For example, there is a growing market demanding
catered overnight walks extending up to three days and day walks where little trip
planning, expertise and outdoor equipment is needed. There is also a preference for
trail loops in priority to long distance linear trails and participants tend to seek more
knowledge about a destination before they leave home. Therefore trail signs should
extend and enhance information communicated by trail brochures, web sites and

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regional marketing collateral rather that repeat descriptive information unless it is to
improve visitor safety.

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