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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.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living
tags: shared-use, counting trail users, trail overcrowding and impact

posted May 15, 2019

The State of Latino Green Space

by Salud America!

Green space initiatives that take community concerns, needs, and desires into consideration may be most effective at improving Latino physical and mental well-being. Green spaces support public health in many ways—they filter air, remove pollution, attenuate noise, cool temperatures, replenish ground water, mitigate stormwater, and can provide food [53, 54]. Beyond these benefits, however, are the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of green space, as discussed below.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Active Living, Health Benefits, Social Benefits

published Dec 18, 2018

Greater Des Moines Water Trails Economic Impact Study

Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: water trails

published Sep 1, 2002

Case Studies of Water Trail Impacts on Rural Communities

by Lindsy Johnson, MCRP

Water trail development causes economic and social and impacts on rural communities.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: water trails

published Aug 1, 2015

An Economic Argument for Water Trails

by River Management Society

This report is a summary of findings from existing studies, which provide examples of the economic impact of water trails in their respective communities. It is meant to provide a helpful resource to communities interested in learning about the economic benefit water trails have provided for cities and towns in the US.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: water trails

published Apr 10, 2019

Economic Impact Analysis of the Kansas City, MO Bicycle Master Plan

Economic Impact Analysis shows new bike master plan will save 36 lives every year, add $500 million to the regional economy, and create 12,000 jobs.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits

published Jan 1, 2019

Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Participation and Priorities

Spending by Oregon residents on OHV riding trips (local and distant, day and multi-day) was an estimated $100 million per year across the state. In turn, this expenditure contributed 869 jobs, $35 million in value added, and $23 million in labor income.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv)

published Jan 1, 2019

Backcountry Discovery Routes® and Tourism: How Adventure Motorcyclists Can Help Your Community

In 2017, BDR routes generated $17.3 million in new tourism expenditures, with the average traveling party spending $3,769 on their BDR trip.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv)

published Jan 1, 2019

2019 Economic Impact of Off-Highway Recreation in the State of Arizona

by Arizona State University

In 2016–2017, Arizona State University conducted a study to measure the economic impact of OHV recreation, by retained and out of state visitors, on the State of Arizona.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits
tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv)

published Aug 30, 2012

A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation spending in Western states equaled $255.6 billion – nearly 40% of the national total. This includes purchases of outdoor gear and vehicles as well as travel expenditures when enjoying the great Western outdoors.

categories: Benefits of Trails, Economic Benefits

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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.

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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.

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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

Results from the Business Directory


Wild Trails

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Encouraging and promoting healthy and active lifestyles through trail running and other forms of outdoor recreation while advocating for the protection and preservation of natural spaces.


PO Box 2271 | Street Address: 4715 Michigan Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37409
[email protected]

Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF)

London, United Kingdom, International

The TRF exists to Conserve Green Roads in England and Wales. This is a multi faceted approach and one that our 5,000 members are passionate about.


218 Strand, Floor 3rd, London, United Kingdom, International WC2R 1AT
[email protected]

National Recreation and Park Association

Ashburn, Virginia

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.


Headquarters: 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, Virginia 20148-4501
Toll Free: (800) 626-6772 or Local: (703) 858-0784 • [email protected]

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