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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.


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.


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.


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.


published Jan 2022

Deciding on Trails: 7 Practices of Healthy Trail Towns

by Jim Schmid

A book review of Amy Camp's 2020 book of ideas to help fulfill dreams of developing a trail town program.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Infinity Loop

Connecting many of northwest Oregon’s iconic attractions and creating a potentially international tourist magnet.


posted Feb 19, 2018

The NRT Program

by Helen Scully with National Park Service, Stuart Macdonald

This session will provide a brief history and overview of the NRT program, as well as highlight the growing benefits available to trail managers.


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 Jun 2015

The Trail Town Guide

by The Trail Town Program

Breathe more life (and funds) into your rural trailside town. Not every community revival looks the same, but this step-by-step guide shares all the secrets we've learned in our 10+ years of successful Trail Town development. We've built the framework. You just need to pedal it forward.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Why Water Trails?

by Sarah Hippensteel Hall, PhD with Miami Conservancy District, Lelia Mellen with National Park Service, Douglas Leed with Ohio Department of Natural Resources

How to connect economics with tourism.


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 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.