published Mar 2014
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
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
This document addresses the applicability of bicycle tourism in rural areas.
published Jun 2011
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
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
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
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.
Apr 14, 2022
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
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 May 19, 2022
This session provides two case studies of how communities are creating and attracting residents to unique experiences on their trail systems.