5 Benefits of Asphalt for Trails and Pathways


If you own a park, wooded area, or outdoor athletic complex, you may have trails and paths guests use on a regular basis to walk, run, and enjoy the outdoors. You have multiple ways to manage the trail area, including the installation of an asphalt pathway.

Learn about the benefits of laying down an asphalt trail and how an asphalt installation can expand and improve the use of your trails in the future.

1. Longevity

An asphalt paving installation will add years of life to the trails on the property. You do not need to worry about overgrowth in the area, like weeds, wildflowers, or larger plants filling up the trail. Part of the paving process will include seal coating. A seal coating layer adds extra protection to ensure the asphalt stays smooth and can handle daily use.

Not only will the asphalt last for years, but you will reduce the amount of maintenance needed on a traditional trail. The ground will flatten out and provide a smooth surface that allows people travel on the pathway with ease.

2. Weather Resistance

One of the more specific ways an asphalt pathway will help with the longevity of the trail is the ability to withstand weather elements. On a ground-based trail, excessive rain and inclement weather can result in puddles, mud holes, and exposed rocks. When rain hits a flat asphalt surface, the water will runoff and puddles will not form.

The asphalt conditions will remain safe and people can return to the paths a lot more quickly after big storms.

3. Handicap Accessibility

The use of asphalt pavement opens up your trail to more accessibility. The smooth surface allows handicapped guests to enjoy the area and easily navigate their way around the trail without natural hazards like holes and rocks.

As you plan out the installation of the pavement, you can select areas to add angled surfaced so someone in a wheelchair or other mobility device can easily roll-up onto the asphalt. Making the property handicap accessible goes a long way in reaching out to the community and providing a space for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.

4. Recreational Activities

Along with accessibility for wheelchairs, a paved path expands the use of other recreational activities. Guests can use roller skates, roller blades, bikes, and scooters among other items on the trail. Parents can easily use strollers on the smooth surface without their baby getting bumped or jostled around too much.

You can also expand the uses for skateboards or smaller motorized objects like battery-powered scooters. By putting up signs, you can showcase what is allowed and what is banned from the pathway areas.

5. Painted Pathways and Markers

Help keep your trails and paths organized with painted pathway markers. Just like a parking lot, you can hire paving companies to paint lines and designate specific areas of the trail. For example, if your trail goes in a loop, you may decide to make the trail a one-way path. Painted arrows will guide visitors in the right direction.

You may also choose to split the path into multiple sections using painted lines over the asphalt pavement. For example, you can put a line down the middle of the asphalt. Dedicate one side to wheeled vehicles and the other side to walker and runners. You will increase the safety of the area and keep the trail more organized on crowded days like weekends.

You could also use painted pathways to mark out distances. For example, on longer trails you could use half-mile or mile markers so guests can track the distance they have traveled. Paints used will vary in material type but can provide waterproof protection and longevity on the asphalt surface.

Plan out all your paving needs with us at Star Paving Company. We will help you from start from to finish and have years of experience creating long-lasting and smooth asphalt surfaces.