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2015 Pennsylvania and Western Maryland Trail Survey

The Trail Town Program® is an initiative of The Progress Fund working in small rural towns across western Pennsylvania and western Maryland


2015 General Trail User Report


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.

Published February 2016

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ORV – Social & Management Issues

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The influence of use-related, environmental, and managerial factors on soil loss from recreational trails

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All-Terrain Vehicle Sustainability Assessments

The sustainable management of ATV use is an expensive proposition requiring careful design, construction, and maintenance of ATV trails.

Assessing the Condition and Sustainability of the Trail System at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

This research assessed the condition and sustainability of the trail system at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a National Park Service unit that partners with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the management of this unit.