In 2014, an internal Trails Workgroup was established to consider the growing number of public requests for new trails throughout the MWCD. As more and more requests were submitted, it became evident that the best way to address them was to develop a comprehensive trail plan that would establish the guiding principles for trail development and maintenance.
In June of 2016 the MWCD established the Trails Blueprint Team to develop such a plan. The plan includes a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis, a Benchmark Survey, an Administrative Plan, a Conceptual Trails Plan, and an Action Plan. The Blueprint provides strategies and actions that, when implemented, will result in a comprehensive trails network in the Muskingum Watershed and beyond.