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published Jan 1, 2011

Economic Benefits of Trail Tourism

by American Trails Staff

One major benefit of trail tourism is that it is money spent in rural towns and in more economically disadvantaged areas.


published Jun 16, 1999

Economic Benefits of Trails

This fact sheet provides researched facts about trail development in Canada including trail use, the money spent by trail users, statistics on job creation related to trail development, adjacent land values and the economic impact of new money to a community when trails are developed.


published Sep 1, 2012

Cedar Valley Trails Named 2012 Outstanding Tourist Attraction

This popular trail system is one of several projects recognized for excellence in the tourism industry at the recent Iowa Tourism Conference.


published Apr 21, 2004

Economic Impact of Investments in Bicycle Facilities

This study examines the value of public investment in bicycle facilities.


published Jan 1, 2000

Study of Two Successful Canadian Rural Trails

A brief study of two successful rural trails, one utilizing an active irrigation canal alignment (Calgary to Chestermere Lake) and the other converted from an abandoned rail line (The Iron Horse Trail-Elk Point to Heinsburg).


published Nov 9, 2000

Implementing Trail-Based Economic Development Programs

This handbook outlines a variety of ways in which governments, businesses, chambers of commerce, tourism promoters, and individual citizens can help their communities develop and implement trail-based economic development programs.


published Jan 1, 1999

Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space

This casebook presents data and examples that can help leaders and concerned citizens make the economic case for parks and open space conservation.


published Jan 15, 2009

Economic Impacts and Motivations of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreationists

This Florida case study surveys the economic impacts, motivations, and travel and equipment expenditures of OHV recreationists.


published Nov 18, 2008

O. L. "Leff" Moore and the Development of the Innovative Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area

O. L. “Leff” Moore was the “father” of the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area, the most innovative motorized trail system in the eastern United States. Leff was the recipient of the 2008 Hulet Hornbeck Award at the 19th International Trails Symposium.


published Jan 1, 2003

Trail Tourism: Promotion of the Katy Trail in Missouri

The Katy Trail is a 185-mile rails-to-trails conversion of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas-Railroad (nick-named the KATY). The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was able to acquire the right-of-way after Congress passed the National Trails System Act allowing railroad corridors to be banked for future transportation use and used on an interim basis for recreational trails.


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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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Tennessee TDEC Environment & Conservation

Nashville, Tennessee

The Greenways and Trails program encourages Tennessee communities to save special green spaces, to promote the volunteer spirit of Tennesseans and to preserve and conserve the natural and cultural resources that make eac...


312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Tennessee Tower - 2nd Floor, Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Toll Free: (888) 891-8332 or Main: (615) 532-0109

The Trust for Public Land

San Francisco, California

Creating Parks and Protecting Land for People.


101 Montgomery Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94104
(415) 495-4014 or (800) 714-LAND

Accessible Trails Foundation

Las Vegas, Nevada

Meaningful Outdoor Access for People with Disabilities


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

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