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posted Dec 31, 2018

Trails for America

by National Park Service

A 1966 study headed by Stuart Udall on the feasibility of a National Trails System

categories: Benefits of Trails, Social Benefits
tags: historic

posted Sep 17, 2018

FAQ: Our roads are in bad shape... why spend money on trails?

by American Trails Staff

There is a huge amount of evidence that trails add value to properties and bring in significant increases in tourism spending, that roads just do not have.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living, Economic Benefits, Health Benefits, Social Benefits, FAQs
tags: faq, urban trails, trails as transportation

posted Aug 21, 2018

A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities

by Federal Highway Administration

This guide provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian safety. It includes information, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about issues that affect walking conditions; find ways to address or prevent these problems; and promote pedestrian safety.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living, Health Benefits
tags: walking, livable communities, urban trails, design

posted Aug 21, 2018

Walkable Edmonton Toolkit promotes a more active community

Here you’ll find a menu of advocacy ideas, design concepts and walkability tools, each with links to numerous other resources. You’ll discover interesting destinations and group efforts that make walking in Edmonton interesting and fun. You’ll learn about civic initiatives that may dovetail with your interests. You’ll read success stories that prove you and your community can make a difference.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living, Health Benefits
tags: walking, livable communities, pedestrian, urban trails, design

posted Aug 13, 2018

Constructing bicycle trails in conjunction with Interstate Highway construction projects

by American Trails Staff

Examples of bike trails and bike paths that have been built by state departments of transportation

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living
tags: bicycle, urban trails, funding

posted Aug 1, 2018

New York State's Erie Canalway Trail

Bringing new life to communities along a 200-year-old industrial corridor.

categories: Benefits of Trails
tags: historic, partnerships, volunteers, canal

posted Jul 23, 2018

The Impact of Aging Populations on Outdoor Recreation

New Report Says Longer Healthy Life Expectancy Multiplies Seniors Competing in Sports and Keeping Fit.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Health Benefits
tags: health, editorial, walking, aging population

posted Jul 23, 2018

Trails Community: Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

Summerlin is one of three communities from across the nation selected to serve as fitting models for excellence in trails within a private development.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: urban trails, economic, health, land and open space, partnerships

posted Jun 19, 2018

How long does a trail trip last?

by Amy Camp with Cycle Forward

Exploring unrealized opportunities in trails and tourism: that of inviting visiting trail users to experience our places and the people who make them special.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: travel & tourism

posted May 30, 2018

Mountain Bicycling in Wisconsin Surveyed and Analyzed

Survey of mountain biking users from the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) trail system located in northwestern Wisconsin.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: sustainable trails, risk management, safety, cost, 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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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is head...


1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30329
(800) 232-4636

Accessible Trails Foundation

Meaningful Outdoor Access for People with Disabilities


8844 Cortile Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
(702) 596 7956 • [email protected]

The Avarna Group

Insight and resources for a more socially and environmentally just word.


United States
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