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published Mar 2014

Kentucky Trail Towns - A How-to-Guide for Communities

Recreational trails and rivers can really help boost a community’s tourism traffic. This guide is designed to help leaders of these Trail Towns take advantage of the economic opportunity brought by the attraction of trails and rivers. It will help you transform your town into a more inviting and memorable tourist destination as well as a better place for residents to live, work and play. The elements in this guide are only suggestions. Feel free to modify or adapt these ideas in Assessments I & II to best suit your town. After all, your approach should be as unique as your community.


published Jan 2014

Montana Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles – Fuel-Use and Spending Patterns

Residents spend about $208 million per year on OHV activities, and nearly all their entire out-of-pocket trip costs are for gasoline. We estimate that OHV users buy about 6.6 million gallons of gasoline per year. With a base tax of $0.27 per gallon, resident OHV users in Montana generate over $1.8 million in revenue for the state highway trust fund.


published Jun 2011

Bicycle Tourism as a Rural Economic Development Vehicle

This document addresses the applicability of bicycle tourism in rural areas.


published Jun 2011

Mississippi River Trail Bikeway Marketing Toolbox

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has developed a guide to marketing bicycling along the Mississippi River Trail through the state's 800 miles of the bike route.


published Dec 2008

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.


published Jan 2007

Cycle Tourism in Australia: An Investigation into its Size and Scope

This scoping study investigates the size and scope of cycle tourism in Australia and provides research recommendations to address research gaps identified.


published Jan 2006

Adventure Tourism Park and OHV Trail System Plan

A plan for a series of unique trail systems developed in Knott County, Kentucky. The System includes trails and horseback riding, ATV’s, elk/wildlife viewing, hiking, walking and mountain biking always keeping in mind the three major priorities: safety, protecting the environment, and developing a multiple use trail system in which the trails do not conflict.


Jul 21, 2022

Trails for Us: How Trails Benefit Local Communities

Learn how trails benefit local communities and how you can make the case for yours.


Apr 14, 2022

Revitalizing Rural Economies and Strengthening Main Streets Through Trails

This webinar will discuss the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) program. You'll also hear from one of ten community partners who received RERC assistance in its pilot round in 2021.


Feb 3, 2022

Connecting Across the Continent

This webinar will introduce the Connecting Across the Continent Report, demonstrating how the CDT and the National Trails System can provide a path forward for reaching aspirational conservation goals like protecting 30% of lands and water by 2030, strengthening consultation with and increasing equity for underserved communities, and elevating locally-led climate solutions.


posted Aug 12, 2019

Launching Florida’s Trail Town Program

by Doug Alderson with Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

A Trail Town is a vibrant destination where people come together.


posted Jun 4, 2019

How Two Communities are Creating and Attracting Residents to Unique Trail Experiences

by Ron L. Taylor with Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, Travis Glazier with Onondaga County Office of Environment, Andre Denman with Indy Parks/Department of Public Works

This session provides two case studies of how communities are creating and attracting residents to unique experiences on their trail systems.