Drivable grass ~ create a "green" driveway using porous concrete grids that are planted with a ground cover between the cement ‘pavers’. A creative & environmentally friendly storm water management solution. You can mow your driveway :)
When active feet beat a compacted pathway through your struggling lawn, it's best to bow to the inevitable. Instead of renting aerators, installing awkward fencing or otherwise trying to resurrect the grass in these trails, set flagstone in the grass.