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posted Aug 14, 2020

The Economic Impact of the South Dakota Snowmobiling Industry

by University of South Dakota

South Dakota’s snowmobile trail system is maintained without any contribution from general fund dollars, but brings substantial economic activity into the state. This study estimates the magnitude of that economic activity and its effect on the overall state economy.


posted Jan 16, 2020

The Economic Impact of Trails

A 2019 Purdue Road School presentation asking, do trails offer a direct economic benefit?


posted Oct 5, 2020

The Economic Value of Trails in Arizona

As a compliment to the Arizona State Parks 2020 Trails Plan, this study estimates the economic value of non-motorized and motorized trail use to Arizona residents using the travel cost method.


posted Aug 17, 2020

The Emergence of “Fat Bikes” in the USA; Trends, potential consequences and management implications

In the USA, sales and use of “fat bikes” (bicycles with 75–120 mm-wide tires) have increased dramatically in the past five years. These bikes are designed to open new terrain to cyclists, including snow-covered trails and softer ground surfaces impossible to ride with a standard mountain bike. In this paper, we discuss the extent and possible trends of fat bike use, potential impacts, conflicts and land management approaches.


posted May 26, 2018

The Equestrian and Other Trail Users: the Issues

by Pam Gluck with American Trails

From Horse Trails Symposium, Clemson University, 1998.


posted Apr 4, 2019

The Equestrian Trail Riders Lifestyle

by Lora Goerlich with Equestrian Trails and Facilities Consultant LLC

A guide to keeping horses and the equestrian lifestyle.


posted May 3, 2018

The Evolution of Denver's Platte River Greenway System

A presentation on the emergence and growth of the greenway and open space system in Denver, Co.


posted Jul 2, 2023

The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail, Illinois and Wisconsin

The nationally designated Fabulous Fox! Water Trail straddles the border from southeast Wisconsin to northeast Illinois. The trail offers 158 miles of paddling through gorgeous Midwest towns and landscapes including prairies, forests, farms, and bluffs. There is River access at more than 70 public locations, many are in vibrant communities with restaurants, and historical and cultural amenities to enjoy. Plan your adventure today!


posted Feb 6, 2019

The Five Best National Recreation Trails for Valentine’s Day

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan an outing to one of America’s National Recreation Trails. Nothing is more romantic than time spent together outdoors, and since National Recreation Trails are some of the finest trails our country has to offer, planning a date on one of these trails is a sure fire way to create an unforgettable holiday.


posted May 16, 2018

The Forest Service and Horses: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

by American Trails Staff

A historical presentation by the USFS at the Southeast Equestrian Trail Conference in 2008.


posted May 21, 2024

The Freedom Trail®, Massachusetts

The Freedom Trail® is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.


posted Jun 23, 2021

The Future of the Outdoor Recreation Economy - Headwaters Economics

by Headwaters Economics

The future for outdoor recreation. To continue building a robust future for outdoor recreation, the outdoor sector needs investments in outdoor infrastructure, businesses that support collaboration and sustainable growth, a talent pipeline to build a skilled workforce, and marketing resources that ensure quality and equity.