Sort: Date Posted Title

posted Jan 19, 2018

Ten Reasons to Consider a Trail or Greenway in Your Next Project

by Robert (Bob) Searns with Robert Searns and Associates, Inc., Jeff Vogel with DHM Design

Communities benefit in many ways from well-planned greenways and trails.


posted Jan 19, 2018

The (Almost) Perfect Trails Community

by Robert (Bob) Searns with Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.

In new communities the private sector and market forces have helped preserve natural resources while offering outstanding recreational trails.


posted Jan 20, 2020

The Association of Natural Elements With Physical Activity Intensity During Trail Use by Older Adults

When promoting trail-use among older adults, natural elements should be considered.


posted Jan 19, 2018

The Benefits that Trails Provide to Communities

This planning effort directs the development of goals and action plans to meet the future needs in advance of their demand.


posted Feb 19, 2018

The Business of Trails (Australia)

The Western Australian Munda Biddi Trail


posted Feb 19, 2018

The Business of Trails (Canada)

This session will provide case studies of five Canadian trails from across the country.


posted Mar 14, 2018

The Business of Trails: A Compilation of Economic Benefits

by Terry Eastin

An analysis of studies and research on the economic benefits of trails: tourism, events, healthcare savings, and community development.


posted Mar 7, 2019

The Economic and Fiscal Impact of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in West Virginia

The analysis indicates that the nearly $1.7 million in spending conducted by the Hatfield-McCoy Trails for day-to-day operations generated an additional $1.6 million in economic activity within the State, for a total operational impact of $3.3 million. Even more notably, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails bring non-local visitors to the area whose spending is estimated to generate an additional $19 million in economic activity in West Virginia. Together, the total estimated economic impact of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails is more than $22 million.


posted Dec 22, 2020

The Economic Benefits of Mountain Biking at One of Its Meccas: An Application of the Travel Cost Method to Mountain Biking in Moab, Utah

This 1997 paper estimates the value of a relatively new form of recreation: mountain biking. Its popularity has resulted in many documented conflicts, and its value must be estimated so an informed decision regarding trail allocation can be made. A travel cost model (TCM) is used to estimate the economic benefits, measured by consumer surplus, to the users of mountain bike trails near Moab, Utah.


posted Mar 7, 2019

The Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation: Technical Report on Methods and Findings

This study is an update and expansion of an earlier study of active outdoor recreation produced in 2006 by the Outdoor Industry Association. The 2006 study focused solely on human-powered (i.e. non-motorized) activities. While this study includes the same human-powered activities as the earlier work, an additional survey was conducted to gauge the economic contributions of outdoor recreation.


posted Jun 9, 2020

The Economic Impact of Greenways and Multi-Use Trails

A review of literature prepared as part of the Naugatuck River Greenway Economic Impact Study August, 2015


posted Aug 14, 2020

The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling in Utah

by Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University

An analysis on the value of snowmobiling to Utah’s economy, the sociodemographic composition of participants, and more.