How are thematic trails different from other kinds of trails?

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, music, architecture, murals, sculpture, public art, and other local assets that contribute to the destination brand. Other themes, such as birding and certain chapters of history (Civil War, Civil Rights, Underground Railroad), allow destinations to focus on a particular subject or era to expand the educational experience of visitors.