Thematic trails often use intangible or tangible culture and heritage to define their emphasis and are not always linear. Unlike recreational trails that are often built to establish a hiking or biking path, thematic trails focus on existing assets that can be linked together based on criteria. The most notable thematic trails focus on food, […]
Thematic trails couple similar sites/activities/experiences together like a string of pearls, offering visitors a greater opportunity to explore a common interest. When clustered together, each designated site of a thematic trail provides a distinct piece of a richer, more in-depth thematic story that is often stronger and more impactful than the individual site experience. The […]
Criteria help define the core elements for participation. For a thematic trail, the most essential criterium for evaluation is how the site/experience/attraction contributes to the designated theme. Other criteria may focus on visitor readiness or interpretation. Establishing and adhering to criteria is foundational for trail integrity and consistent experience delivery.