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posted Apr 11, 2022

Impact of Trails Hub

Everything you need to know about the positive impact of trails on health, environment, economics, and more.

posted Jun 21, 2024

Increasing the Health and Physical Activity Youth from Under-Resourced Communities through Trail Programs

by National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

This program brief involved a search and review of gray literature (websites, government or organizational reports, success stories) to identify programs promoting trail use among youth that are accompanied by process or outcome evaluation data. A full scientific review is also provided.


posted Feb 1, 2024

Why Trails Matter: Trails and Greenways Promote Health

by American Trails Staff

Trails and greenways create healthy recreation and transportation opportunities by providing people of all ages with attractive, safe, accessible and low- or no-cost places to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate.


posted Jan 22, 2024

STEP IT UP! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

The Call to Action provides strategies that communities can use to support walking, which we hope will result in long-lasting changes to improve the health and health care of Americans today and of the generations that follow.


posted Dec 29, 2023

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook

by National Park Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Consider this workbook as a starting point. Every project is different. This workbook is intended as a guide to be adapted for specific situations.


posted Dec 29, 2023

Hiking Trails in America

by American Hiking Society

Call it walking. Call it hiking. Seldom has something so much fun also turned out to be so good for us!


posted May 10, 2022

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is Making a Difference Across America

Use this interactive map to find where, when, and how these funds are being used.


posted May 24, 2021

Three Hidden Health Benefits of Hiking, 2021 Edition Guide

by Jamie Stone with Outdoorish

Hiking is widely recognized as one of the healthiest hobbies anyone can have, and for a good reason too. When we break it down to plain physics, walking activates most muscle groups, which not only keeps us in shape but also conditions us to become more resilient to all bodily ailments and harms.


posted Dec 22, 2020

Mountain Biking as a Means to Encourage Public Health and Wellbeing

This manuscript explains how mountain biking is related to public health and the issues underlying trail access in the United States.


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.


posted Dec 22, 2020

The Physiology of Mountain Biking

In recent years, competitive mountain biking has attracted the interest of sport scientists, and a small but growing number of physiological studies have been published. The aim of this review is to provide a synthesis of this literature and directions for future research.


posted Sep 30, 2020

The Power of Trails for Promoting Physical Activity in Communities

by Active Living Research

Promoting physical activity among children and adults is a priority national health objective in the United States. Regular physical activity lowers the risk of chronic diseases and is an important strategy for reversing the obesity epidemic.


posted Aug 18, 2020

Benefits of Hiking: A Means-End Approach on the Appalachian Trail

The purpose of this research was to examine the outcomes prompting hiking along the Appalachian Trail (AT).