A major trailheads serves as access and way station for greenway users.

In addition to vehicle parking, trailheads feature restrooms, bike parking, seating/ gathering space, bike repair stations and drinking fountains. Ideally major trailheads combine all of these amenities with sufficient parking, at a minimum for 20 vehicles.

  • This strategy is to be used at high-use trail access points where large numbers of users are expected.
  • Consider major trailhead as a full-service stop along the greenway.
  • Standard and accessible parking stalls to accommodate 20+ vehicles. Stall dimensions to be min. 9’-0” wide x 18’-0” deep.
  • Permeable pavement is preferred in vehicular parking areas. If roadway surface is asphalt, a concrete header should separate asphalt and serve to contain pavers.
  • Incorporate kiosk signage at trailhead and parking area entry points. Other trail signage should be incorporated as required. See Signage Standards.
  • Access for maintenance vehicles should be incorporated into the design.
  • For greenways that experience high volumes of users on weekends, consider overflow parking in adjacent turf areas. Depending on condition and frequency of use, consider a turf stabilization product such as GrassPave.
  • As opportunities allow, can explore options such as lighting, solar charging stations, etc.

Recommended Layout

COMPONENTS: Click below for more information on each component.

1) Primary Trail Surfacing (Concrete Header Optional)

2) Roadway/Service Drive Surfacing

3) Bicycle Parking Layout

4) Bench Seating

5) Drinking Fountain

6) Removable/Collapsible Bollards

7) Permeable Pavement

8) Concrete Sidewalk

9) Bike Repair Station