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posted Jul 21, 2013

How Trails Benefit the Environment

by American Trails Staff

Trails promote natural resource management strategies that ensure environmental preservation, quality of life, and economic development.


posted Jul 24, 2018

FAQ: Are business plans for trails of any value?

by American Trails Staff

Choosing between a business plan, an economic study, or a feasibility study


posted Mar 7, 2019

A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation spending in Western states equaled $255.6 billion – nearly 40% of the national total. This includes purchases of outdoor gear and vehicles as well as travel expenditures when enjoying the great Western outdoors.


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 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 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 Mar 5, 2018

Outdoor Recreation: An Overlooked Economic Giant

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


posted Dec 25, 2011

Spiritual Journeys: the Light on the Trail Ahead

by Stuart Macdonald

Reflections on the spiritual aspect of trails.


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 Nov 25, 2011

What Draws People to a Trail?

by American Trails Staff

The desire to recreate, exercise and enjoy natural beauty.


posted Mar 5, 2018

Attracting Bike Tourists to Your Trail: Lessons from the Canalway

This guide will set forth strategies for building on what you already offer to enhance the appeal of your community and your business to bicycle tourists and strengthening the local economy.


posted Dec 22, 2020

Economic & Health Benefits of Bicycling in Iowa

by Iowa Bicycle Coalition

This study identifies the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Iowa.