Trail Easements

Lincoln has more than 80 miles of trails, many on privately-owned land that is protected by a trail easement held by the LLCT or the Town. Lincoln landowners who grant trail easements contribute significantly to the enjoyment of a rural lifestyle in a suburban setting. Lincoln’s trail network is appreciated by recreational users, dog walkers, birders, naturalists, conservationists, artists, and people of many interests, ages and backgrounds.


Establishing a trail easement is one of the simplest ways to act on conservation values and is defined by the following:

  • Legally enforceable agreement between a landowner, and any future owners, and the holder of the trail easement (e.g. LLCT or Town of Lincoln).
  • Protection for a landowner from liability for personal injuries or property damage sustained by the public while on a trail on their land.
  • Promise of permanent public access through a landowner’s property in the form of a trail. Trail easements can also provide access through private land to a body of water (e.g. a canoe landing).
  • Broad or restricted in scope; for example, it may limit types of use.

LLCT and RLF thank everyone with a trail easement on their property for their generosity and for enabling enjoyment of the trails by all.