Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.
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published Jan 1, 2000
A brief study of two successful rural trails, one utilizing an active irrigation canal alignment (Calgary to Chestermere Lake) and the other converted from an abandoned rail line (The Iron Horse Trail-Elk Point to Heinsburg).
posted Jan 16, 2020
American Trails Staff
These ten stories show that trail tourism is invigorating communities throughout America.
posted Jan 19, 2018
Robert Searns with Robert Searns & Associates,
Jeff Vogel with DHM Design
Communities benefit in many ways from well-planned greenways and trails.
posted May 7, 2018
The Riverwalk along the Tennessee River links Chattanooga's parks, green spaces, museums, public art, businesses, new housing, and neighborhoods.
Robert Searns with Robert Searns & Associates
In new communities the private sector and market forces have helped preserve natural resources while offering outstanding recreational trails.
posted Nov 15, 2018
Kristen Wicker with Five Rivers MetroParks
When advocates gather, trail magic happens.
published Jan 1, 2012
When promoting trail-use among older adults, natural elements should be considered.
published May 19, 2003
This planning effort directs the development of goals and action plans to meet the future needs in advance of their demand.
published Dec 31, 2008
Terry Eastin with Mississippi River Trail, Inc.
An analysis of studies and research on the economic benefits of trails: tourism, events, healthcare savings, and community development.
published Jul 11, 2014
The analysis indicates that the nearly $1.7 million in spending conducted by the Hatfield-McCoy Trails for day-to-day operations generated an additional $1.6 million in economic activity within the State, for a total operational impact of $3.3 million. Even more notably, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails bring non-local visitors to the area whose spending is estimated to generate an additional $19 million in economic activity in West Virginia. Together, the total estimated economic impact of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails is more than $22 million.
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Oregon housing development along the Willamette River Greenway in Portland, Oregon
Homes are essentially right on the trail near downtown Portland, Oregon
The trail zigzags through development with both cyclists and walkers using the route near downtown Portland, Oregon
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