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Wayfinding Systems



Rail Trails/Bike Paths

Rail trails are essentially lineal parks used for recreation and transportation. Signage is used to identify, orient, guide, inform, and provide information on safe practices for cyclists and pedestrians and traffic control at all road crossings. Maps show the trail and the surrounding community at key intersections with roads or town centers. Interpretive exhibits help users appreciate the rich history about the former railroad and the surrounding community.

Golf Courses

The signing on a golf or country club includes general circulation and parking and course signing. These are designed to harmonize with the beauty of the site and the character of the facility. Primary components of this application are tee signs with fairway maps. Other signs include guidance, instructions and safety information as appropriate. All Terrabilt structures are immune to the abuse of the string trimmer. Panels are designed to look great and be maintenance free in all climates and conditions. Updates of panels are convenient to make and supplied on a standard quick-ship basis.

Urban Parks

Urban parks can be simple or complex. They might be a town square or passive green space with a playground or a preserve with natural vegetation or gardens. They might be a park dedicated to active recreation with a variety of ballfields, playgrounds, and public swimming pool. Most public parks have a combination of facilities and uses, so signage requirements—beyond the basics of identification, wayfinding, and regulations—vary from park to park.

Residential Communities

Wayfinding in residential communities can be challenging, because civic leaders often want their signage to be discrete and, at the same time, convey several layers of information in distinct ways. Using Terrabilt, designers can incorporate signage into the overall landscape and circulation plan in a systematic, tasteful way. Signage might include guidance to areas based on street names, addresses or housing clusters; traffic control and parking signs; and recreational resources and facilities.

Public Lands: State and Provincial Parks

These natural and scenic areas often provide facilities for a variety of activities like camping, hiking, and boating. Signage subjects might range from fee collection and safety to boat launches and trailheads, from campgrounds and visitor centers to orientation and interpretation. At heavily visited sites, well-planned motorist guidance and parking signs are keys to the orderly management of visitors.

Interpretive Wayside Exhibits

Wayside exhibits can turn a passive visit to a natural area, historic site, or recreational park into a meaningful experience. They provide background information and interpretive messages about historic buildings, plant-and-animal communities, and historic events. Most waysides are about specific sites that visitors are looking at. Photos and illustrations dominate. Texts are carefully focused so visitors gain a new understanding about something that may not be obvious. Terrabilt wayside exhibits, with durable FIA graphics, are built with sustainable structures that have little impact on the land.


The signage at a trailhead and along a trail varies with the type of use. A wilderness trail may have little more than a trailhead identifier with list of key destinations and the distance to them or a warning about backcountry water and fire hazards. Urban or regional trails may include a full kiosk installation with a trail map, descriptions of trail conditions, accessibility information, potential hazards (ticks, poison ivy), leave no trace code, and interpretive exhibits. Along the trail may be mile markers, guide signs at intersections, site-specific safety information, and interpretive exhibits.

Information Kiosks

The Terrabilt kiosk creates a destination or mini visitor center for presenting information about a preserve, park, trail, or campground. The Terrabilt kiosk’s design is based on classical kiosk structures in national and provincial parks and wildlife refuges. But our kiosk is made from 100% recycled materials, built to last with the snow loads typical of the Rockies and hot temperatures commonly found in America’s Southwest. They are basically maintenance free. The modular Terrabilt panel system allows an orderly display of large and small panels, plus accessories like bulletin cabinets, bulletin boards, and brochure dispensers. Most important, the modular graphic system allows staff members to keep displays up-to-date.


Signing refuges and preserves differs from signing recreational parks, because they usually are protected as habitats for plant-and-animal communities. Visitors are encouraged to go lightly on the land. Functional signs guide visitors to parking areas and nature trails. Orientation and interpretive signs inform and tell stories that engage the viewer. Terrabilt kiosks with modular panel displays are designed to provide orientation information and maps, seasonal guides, and interpretive exhibits about significant features.