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posted Jul 1, 2014

Study Cites Health Benefits of Urban River Parkways

by American Trails Staff

Urban river parkways may particularly benefit health in urban environments where access to open spaces is limited and adverse health effects such as obesity and depression are prevalent.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Health Benefits
tags: urban trails, health, case study

published Jan 1, 2020

Economic and Health Benefits of Walking, Hiking, and Bicycling on Recreational Trails in Washington State

by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office

Every county in Washington State benefits from walkers, runners, bikers, and backpackers using our beautiful trail systems. Ninety percent of Washington residents participate in non-motorized recreation annually.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits, Health Benefits
tags: benefits of trails, health, economic

published Jan 1, 2019

Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits of Recreational Trails in Washington State

by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office

This report evaluates the economic, environmental, and social benefits of outdoor recreation activities associated with trails and their nexus with the economy of Washington.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits, Health Benefits, Social Benefits
tags: benefits of trails, economic

published Oct 1, 2019

Health Benefits of Contact with Nature

by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office

A Literature Review Prepared By Sara Perrins and Dr. Gregory Bratman of the University of Washington for the Recreation and Conservation Office.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Health Benefits
tags: health, benefits of trails

posted Jan 27, 2020

Economy, Environment and Health Benefit from Trails, Two New Studies Show

by American Trails Staff

Trails contribute more than $8.2 billion to Washington state's economy, according to companion studies released by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits, Health Benefits, Social Benefits
tags: benefits of trails, health, economic

published Jan 1, 2008

A Descriptive Examination of the Most Frequently Used Activity Settings in 25 Community Parks

The purpose was to examine 9 adult activity settings in 25 community parks to determine the most and least frequently used by gender, physical-activity (PA) intensity, and ethnicity.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living, Health Benefits
tags: benefits of trails, health

posted Jan 21, 2020

The Health Benefits of Trail Riding

by Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF)

Trail Riding promotes physical activity in those who might otherwise forego exercise altogether. All physical activity is beneficial.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Health Benefits
tags: health, benefits of trails, off-highway vehicles (ohv)

posted Jan 21, 2020

Use and Nonuse of a Rail Trail Conversion for Physical Activity: Implications for Promoting Trail Use

The purpose was to examine 9 adult activity settings in 25 community parks to determine the most and least frequently used by gender, physical-activity (PA) intensity, and ethnicity.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living, Health Benefits
tags: benefits of trails, health, rails-to-trails

published Jan 1, 2012

The Association of Natural Elements With Physical Activity Intensity During Trail Use by Older Adults

When promoting trail-use among older adults, natural elements should be considered.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Health Benefits
tags: benefits of trails, health, aging population

published Dec 24, 2011

Trail User Demographics, Physical Activity Behaviors, and Perceptions of a Newly Constructed Greenway Trail

To better understand and promote physical activity on a newly constructed trail, the present study examined the demographic characteristics and physical activity behaviors of trail users

categories: Benefits of Trails, Health Benefits
tags: benefits of trails, health, user surveys

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posted Feb 25, 2020

Trails Move People

Creating a strong, cooperative, and unified voice for a diverse trails community


posted Feb 20, 2020

Mental Health Benefits of Trails

Beyond the physical health benefits of trails, the mental health benefits of trail access is also invaluable.

tags: benefits of trails

posted Feb 20, 2020

Health Benefits of Trails

Does access to trails really lead to healthier communities? According to research the answer is a resounding yes.

tags: benefits of trails, health, healthcare

posted Feb 20, 2020

Trails Are Transportation

Trails are critical infrastructure and, as such, they should receive the financial and human resource allocations necessary to maintain their critical role.

tags: active mobility and active transportation, benefits of trails

posted Feb 19, 2020

Trails Make Economic Sense

The benefits of expanding and improving the outdoor recreation economy are clear and compelling.

tags: benefits of trails, economic

posted Feb 19, 2020

Trails Are Inclusive

Trails, by their very nature, promote social, racial, gender, and economic equity. They are almost always free to use, are available 24/7/365, and provide transportation alternatives no matter what mode of travel you use.

tags: benefits of trails

posted Feb 19, 2020

Why Trails?

Where would we be without trails? It is a simple question, but it is worth pondering. The longer you sit with this question, the more you will discover the overwhelming impact that trails have on our lives. Often in very unexpected ways.

tags: why trails, benefits of trails, health, healthcare, economic

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West Virginia University School of Public Heath, Health Research Center

Morgantown, West Virginia

The Center provides an environment and infrastructure for faculty with varied interests and expertise to collaborate and develop projects that promote the overall quality of life for West Virginians.


PO Box 9136 | Street Address: Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center, 1 Medical Center Dr #1000, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-9136
(304) 293-0580 • [email protected]

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society

State College, Pennsylvania

PRPS is the principal statewide association providing professional development, leadership, advocacy and resources for those working and volunteering in the parks and recreation field.


131 Sandy Drive, State College, Pennsylvania 16803
(814) 234-4272 • [email protected]

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Yelm, Washington

PTSD counseling through equine therapy


14528 Avis Lane SE, Yelm, Washington 98597
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