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posted Jun 11, 2019

Africatown Connections Blueway: Healing Begins by Reclaiming Our Heritage and Happiness

by Elizabeth Smith-Incer with National Park Service, Joe Womack with Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Community, Inc.

Preserving and making available the international historical significance of Africatown.

  tags: partnerships, historic

posted May 1, 2019

Greater Des Moines Water Trails Economic Impact Study

Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.


posted May 1, 2019

Case Studies of Water Trail Impacts on Rural Communities

by Lindsy Johnson, MCRP

Water trail development causes economic and social and impacts on rural communities. Chronicles of water trail communities convey values influencing the sustainability of paddle trail projects. Water trails are not a panacea for rural development, however, water trail development can help achieve goals of economic diversification and improved quality of life in communities. Paddle trails are an effective approach to rural economic development and recreational access while enhancing natural and cultural qualities of a community.


posted May 1, 2019

Strategy And Plan Of Action For The Water Trails Community

Water trails are a unique form of recreation—in its simplest form it consists of floating with minor balance and navigation. However, the ability to reach the water’s edge is probably one of the largest obstacles to participation.


posted May 1, 2019

An Economic Argument for Water Trails

by River Management Society

This report is a summary of findings from existing studies, which provide examples of the economic impact of water trails in their respective communities. It is meant to provide a helpful resource to communities interested in learning about the economic benefit water trails have provided for cities and towns in the US.


posted Nov 20, 2018

Trail Towns - Leveraging Trails for Community and Economic Development

Take an in depth look at Trail Towns through programs in Kentucky and Michigan. Learn how community partners work to implement economic development, recreation and quality of life planning through Trail Towns.


posted May 3, 2018

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Conceived as an ecotourism destination, the trail enables exploration of the area by canoe or kayak, while providing an economic boost to surrounding rural communities.

  tags: greenway, wildlife, habitat, canoe/kayak

posted Mar 29, 2018

Cascadia Marine Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

This Puget Sound water trail is a network of 55 shoreline campsites for people traveling the Pacific Northwest inland sea in human or wind-powered, beachable watercraft.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, canoe/kayak

posted Mar 27, 2018

Juniata River Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Juniata River Water Trail is a component of the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, a 320-mile corridor of natural wonders, history, culture, and recreation following the path of the historic Main Line Canal.

  tags: birding, environment, interpretation, restoration, wildlife, canoe/kayak

posted Mar 27, 2018

Three Rivers Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of public non-motorized access points within the 90 riverfront municipalities of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh area.

  tags: environment, canoe/kayak

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