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posted Mar 13, 2018

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.


posted Mar 16, 2018

Trail Towns on Great Allegheny Passage Benefit from Visitor Spending

by Amy Camp with Cycle Forward, Marlee Gallagher with The Trail Town Program

Enhancing communities to benefit more from trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland.


posted Mar 16, 2018

Trail Towns: Creating Memorable Destinations for Trail Users

Enhancing communities to benefit more from trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland.


posted Jun 12, 2024

Trail User Survey and Business Survey Report

by The Trail Town Program

In 2014 the Trail Town ProgramĀ® conducted a trail user survey along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). The GAP Trail runs from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD, spanning 150 miles. This trail is visited by almost a million users every year generating economic impact along the way. The trail itself is owned and operated by several local trail organizations and merge under one coalition known as the Allegheny Trail Alliance.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Trails -- Core Attribute of a Sustainable Community

San Jose California and Atlanta Georgia are advancing large scale trail developments as core elements of sustainable development.


posted Mar 5, 2018

Trails Add Value to New Homes

by Randy Martin with Trailscape

In total, 6.1 million American livelihoods directly depend on outdoor recreation, making it a critical economic sector in the United States.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Trails and The Pilgrimage Culture

by Robert (Bob) Searns with Robert Searns and Associates, Inc., Brad Towle with Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, Masato Takemoto with Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, Galeo Saintz with World Trails Network

Sharing world pilgrimage culture.


posted Mar 15, 2022

Trails Appropriations Request Submitted to Congress

Read the public witness testimony.


posted Jan 19, 2018

Trails are Helping Build Healthier Communities

San Bernardino County finds trails are an essential part of healthy communities.


posted Dec 19, 2011

Trails are Making a Difference

by American Trails Staff

Nancy Desmond of Cleveland Metroparks, tells us how trails have made a difference in her life and career.


posted Mar 15, 2021

Trails Community Appropriations Recommendations for FFY 2022

by American Trails Staff

These recommendations have been jointly developed for Hike the Hill regarding FFY 2022 asks and justifications for Federal agency budgets affecting trails and outdoor recreation opportunities.


posted Jan 19, 2018

Trails in New Developments: A Case Study

by Roger Bell

With the growing frugality of government funding for trails, private developers can be significant partners in developing public trail systems.