The Sign Planning Process
Signing projects typically start with you and your ideas about where national historic trail road signs are needed to make the trail and trail sites visible. The earlier you contact NPS staff, the more assistance we can provide throughout the project. The process may also vary based on the specific needs/conditions of your project, so the steps shown here are a general outline. Please download the Steps to Road Signing (215 KB pdf) for an overview of the process, from identifying a project to installing the signs.
A NOTE ABOUT SIGN FUNDING
Implementation of your sign plan will require finding funding to purchase the signs and installation hardware, and for labor costs associated with installation.
It is important to coordinate early with trail partners and the NPS to consider funding availability and options. Having a sign plan in place should facilitate funding.
ROAD JURISDICTION APPROVALS
In order to implement your sign plan, it will be necessary to get approval from each road or highway jurisdiction for all roads to be signed. To help facilitate approvals, complete the sign plan first and have it reviewed by NPS staff. Signed forms should be mailed or emailed.
Did You Know?
In 1838 U.S. Army troops under General Winfield Scott's command rounded up Cherokee people and moved them to forts in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, prior to their removal west. Thirty-one forts were built for this purpose on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.