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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 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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