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Based in Western Maine & Mount Washington Valley, Recon Trail Design, LLC is a full-service firm specializing in recreational trail planning, design, construction, and education. 


We practice a conservation-focused approach, and are experienced in managing the environmental and social aspects unique to trails and outdoor recreation resources.  We are experienced in working with a variety of clients, organizations, and volunteers.


Our work specializes in non-motorized recreational trail design and construction, including ADA/ABA-specification design, mountain bike trails, boardwalks and bridges. 


We also specialize in rigging for trail work; used for lifting and moving heavy objects in hard-to-reach places.  We offer on-site operation, system design and consultation, and multi-day skills trainings.



Recon Trail Design is owned and operated by Matt Coughlan of western Maine.  We currently employ a seasonal trail crew and are eager to offer year-round positions.


Matt Coughlan


M.S. Environmental Conservation

         University of New Hampshire

B.S. Recreation Resource Management

        Northern Vermont University

        (formerly Lyndon State College)

As a Maine-native, Matt enjoys numerous outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, hunting & fishing.

Prior to starting Recon Trail Design, Matt has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Maine Appalachian Trail Club, The Nature Conservancy of Maine, Student Conservation Association NH Conservation Corp, and as a professional stone mason.  He started his trail career in the early-2000's as an intern at Kingdom Trails in East Burke, VT where Webb's was the first trail he helped to build.  He then went on to lead a crew that built the first lift-accessed mountain bike trail at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, WY. 


Join Our Team!

Job Opportunities

RTD is a growing company that seeks to create sustainable careers in trailwork.  Check here for current job posting and other opportunities.

Now Hiring 2023 Professional Trail Crew!

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