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published Oct 2002

Ten Reasons to Consider a Trail or Greenway in Your Next Project

by Robert (Bob) Searns with Robert Searns and Associates, Inc., Jeff Vogel with DHM Design

Communities benefit in many ways from well-planned greenways and trails.


published Jan 2018

Trails Lead to a "Fit" Community

by Randy Martin with Trailscape

With the emphasis on health and fitness in today's society, trails are becoming just as important as streets and sidewalks in our communities.


published Mar 2007

Anchorage Trails System Adds to Quality of Life

The Anchorage Trail System includes paved and non-paved multi-use trails such as cross country ski trails, dog mushing trails, hiking trails and skijoring trails .


published Mar 2007

25 Communities Begin Projects to Promote Active Living

The goal of Active Living by Design is to encourage changes in design, transportation and policies to cultivate and support active living.


published Oct 2000

Planning Healthier Suburbs, Where Cars Sit Idle and People Get Moving

The goal is to engineer more physical activity into American life to reduce both spreading obesity and the chronic, often lethal health problems linked to sedentary living.


published May 2003

The Benefits that Trails Provide to Communities

This planning effort directs the development of goals and action plans to meet the future needs in advance of their demand.


published Jul 2001

More Physical Activity Leads to Less Cognitive Decline

A Prospective Study of Physical Activity and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Women: Women Who Walk


published Aug 2017

Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails

by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Parks and trail corridors have been important for public health in the United States for more than 100 years.


published Sep 2014

The Heartbeat of a Community

by American Trails Staff

American Trails Supports Turtle Bay’s Efforts to become Self Sustaining


published Jul 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.


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posted Jun 18, 2020

1,300 Trail Projects Can Put Americans To Work

Nearly 1,300 trail projects are waiting for infrastructure funding to help put Americans back to work and meet the burgeoning trail use numbers coming out of the pandemic.


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.


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.


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.


posted Feb 19, 2020

Trails Make Economic Sense

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


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.


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.


Results from the Business Directory


Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign

Santa Rosa, California

The Southeast Greenway Campaign is a community effort to transform the vacant two-mile corridor of open space connecting Spring Lake Park and Farmers Lane into a vibrant urban greenway that will serve as a strategic link...

American Trails Member


PO Box 9122 | 1358 Yulupa Ave, Apt D, Santa Rosa, California 95405
(707) 703-1922

The Corps Network

Washington, District of Columbia

Corps are locally-based organizations that engage young adults and post-9/11 veterans in service addressing recreation, conservation, disaster response, and community needs. Through a defined term of service, Corps parti...


1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, District of Columbia 20005
(202) 737-6272

San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance

San Marcos, Texas

Since August 12, 1998, the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance has been working to protect the quality of life for the people of San Marcos through the creation of interconnected parks and natural areas. Today, in the midst of...


107 E Hopkins St., Ste 121A, San Marcos, Texas 78666
[email protected]

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