The Trail Town Program® is an initiative of The Progress Fund working in small rural towns across western Pennsylvania and western Maryland
In 2015, the Trail Town Program® conducted a general trail user survey online to collect data from trail users across the United States. Trail construction has been increasing across the United States. With millions of users utilizing these trails, they have the potential to generate significant economic impact in communities and cities that they run through.
The purpose of this survey is to determine what trail users are looking for based on information and feedback related to usage. Trail Town Program® has previously conducted surveys along the Great Allegheny Passage which has provided comparable data for this report. This survey was conducted online only, receiving responses from 804 users across the United States.
Respondents of this survey represented 42 states and the District of Columbia.
The Trail Challenge is a “call to action” for all of us to work together to achieve a sustainable trail system by increasing our collective capacity to care for trails and by increasing on-the-ground results through shared stewardship of trails.
On behalf of the thousands of diverse trail users our collective organizations represent, we urge appropriators to adequately invest in our nation’s trails.
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) calls on all trail organizations and trail enthusiasts to take action immediately to continue and to expand the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the national trails assistance program that aids all trail activities nationwide through use of federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes.
Statewide organizations are well positioned to improve state-level policies that impact funding processes and to share best practices with regions.