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Sustainable Trails Conference - Knoxville, TN

  • Knoxville Marriot 501 E Hill Ave Knoxville, TN, 37915 United States (map)

The Sustainable Trails Conference is very excited to announce that we will be heading to Knoxville, TN to offer the absolute must attend conference for anyone involved in trails construction, maintenance, design, development and use. The 2016 Sustainable Trails Conference features the PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops, a technical track of Concurrent Session exploring all of the aspects of good trail design, construction, planning and maintenance, a local Legacy Trail, and of course the world famous Outdoor Trade Show and Demonstration Area. No other trails conference can boast the amount of experiential education available at this conference. You really can not afford to miss this conference!

The PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops can be purchased independently from a the core conference registration package. 

We are extremely excited about the opportunities for new and exciting workshops, an exciting new trade show and sessions highlighting the challenges and rewards of building, designing and maintaining trails in the varied environs around the country.

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Workshops and the 2016 Legacy Trail

Pre-conference workshops are held March 4-6, 2016 and Post-conference workshops are held March 10-11, 2016

Trailbuilders Trade Show and Outdoor Demonstration Area

The Outdoor Demonstration Expo has always been a huge draw to conference attendees, and this year, we will take it to a whole new level.  We will have almost 3 acres of 15-20% grades on grass covered ground including rocks and steep terrain in which to dig, push and sculpt the dirt!

Our Outdoor Trade Show will showcase a wide range of the industry's latest and greatest tools.  There is nowhere else that you can come to have hands on experience moving dirt and testing the capabilities of machines and tools side by side.  Here are just a few of the manufacturers that often exhibit at our Outdoor Trade Show: 

  • Wheeler Bridge
  • Trail Boss Tools
  • Purus - EcoRastor
  • Right Way Trail Systems
  • KB Industries
  • Progressive Bike Ramps
  • Progressive Trail Designs
  • Bobcat Company
  • Stowers CAT
  • Sutter Equipment
  • Lund Manufacturing
  • Helac Corporation
  • Rhino Marking 
  • Ezebreak LLC
  • Stabilizer Solutions
  • Trail Services LLC
  • American Trails
  • Federal Highways Administration

If you are planning on a purchase of new equipment this year, you can't afford not to attend this year's Sustainable Trails Conference and Outdoor Trade Show.

Knoxville and Host Hotel Information

Marriott Knoxville - Host Hotel and Conference Center

The Marriott Knoxville overlooks the Tennessee River and is the closest downtown hotel to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.  The Marriott offers outstanding guest accommodations as well as ample meeting space for our conference.  The PTBA has reserved a block of rooms at a special discounted rate for the Sustainable Trails Conference. The exclusive PTBA conference rates are:

  • $109/night (+tax) - King bed or Double Queen bed Rooms
  • $92/night (+tax) - Government Per Diem rate (must show government identification to receive this rate)
  • PTBA Room Block is available through February 12, 2016
  • Make reservations at 1-800-228-9290 or click on the links below. Be sure you ask for the "Sustainable Trails Conference" room rate.

Knoxville's Urban Wilderness - Workshop and Legacy Trail location

Partnering with Legacy Parks Foundation, the City of Knoxville and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Sustainable Trails Conference attendees will have the opportunity to see the efforts of their outdoor workshops coming together to create a finished project in the Woods Property of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness found in the heart of the city and in close proximity to the conference site.  For more information about Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness visit –

Knoxville Area Information:

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, against the banks of the Tennessee River, Knoxville serves as the perfect blend of southern hospitality and modern development.  Rich in culture and natural beauty, the unique destinations in Knoxville reflect the diversity of this historic city and its charming people.