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posted Nov 19, 2019

Small Business Owners Along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Say Trails are Vital to the Economy

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition surveyed 200 small business owners along the CDT and found that 86% say trails are vital to the economy of their communities.


posted Nov 11, 2019

“Walk Easy; Hike Strong”: A Veteran’s Journey of Discovery on the Arizona Trail

by Mike Buckley

Warrior Expeditions is a nonprofit group that helps veterans by giving them the opportunity to participate in outdoor expeditions with the intent of improving the transition back into civilian life.


posted Oct 31, 2019

Engaging the Health Community

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trails are shown to improve health both mentally and physically, yet the healthcare industry and the trails industry rarely work together. There are many reasons for this, such as logistics, bureaucracy, and communication issues. We asked some leading experts how we can begin bridging these gaps.


published Oct 1, 2019

New Report Outlines How Active Transportation Transforms America

by American Trails Staff

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) released a report this week detailing how investing in active transportation positively impacts communities.


posted Jun 20, 2019

Counting Trail Users

by Matt Ainsley with Eco-Counter, Inc.

Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.


posted Dec 14, 2018

Sandy Hook Remembered

by American Trails Staff

Permanent Memorial to Take Shape under the Watchful Eyes of Two SWA Designers


posted Nov 15, 2018

The 2017 International Trails Symposium Created Lasting Momentum in Ohio

by Kristen Wicker with Five Rivers MetroParks

When advocates gather, trail magic happens.


posted Nov 13, 2018

The World is Our Classroom

by Jim Schmid

Cindy's story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas.


posted Nov 12, 2018

Celebrating Trails Across America

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Stories from trail enthusiasts of all ages


posted Jun 27, 2018

Warriors on the Trail

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Walking off the War!


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posted Jun 18, 2020

1,028 Trail Projects Can Put Americans To Work

COVID-19 has created an economic downturn. Over 1,000 trail projects are waiting for funding to help put Americans back to work.


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.


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Mohoosuc Pathways

Bethel, Maine

Our mission is to develop, maintain, and promote multi-use recreational trails. Our work connects communities in the Mahoosuc region, supports healthy lifestyles and local economies, and fosters respect for landowners an...


PO Box 572 | Street Address: 14 Main St, Bethel, Maine 04217
Office: (207) 200-8240 Winter: (207) 824-6276 • [email protected]

Cycle Forward

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cycle Forward is built on the idea that communities and those who inhabit them flourish when they connect with nature—and with each other. Trails and time spent outside can bring out the best in people. And placing value...


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 918-6563 • [email protected]

Lawrence Hopewell Trail

Pennington, New Jersey

The LHT’s 22-plus mile trail winding through Hopewell and Lawrence Townships offers safe access to various sections of the towns for kids, families, bicyclists, joggers, hikers and commuters. This family-oriented trail b...

American Trails Member


The Historic Hunt House 197 Blackwell Rd., Pennington, New Jersey 08534

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