Resource Library:

Community Case Studies

  Back to Advocacy and Promotion

select all



posted Nov 20, 2018

Trail Towns - Leveraging Trails for Community and Economic Development

Take an in depth look at Trail Towns through programs in Kentucky and Michigan. Learn how community partners work to implement economic development, recreation and quality of life planning through Trail Towns.


published Apr 13, 2020

Five Reasons Trail Research Matters

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trails are invaluable assets to any community, and when it comes to procuring funding, building coalitions, providing the best trail access, and more, trail research is one of the best tools available for showing that worth.


published Apr 3, 2020

From Gold Mines to Woodlands Trails

In this National Recreation Trail highlight from the Sarah Zigler Interpretive Trail in Oregon, find out the history of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association and how they get hundreds of kids out on the trail every year.


published Apr 10, 2019

Economic Impact Analysis of the Kansas City, MO Bicycle Master Plan

Economic Impact Analysis shows new bike master plan will save 36 lives every year, add $500 million to the regional economy, and create 12,000 jobs.


posted Sep 12, 2018

Trails and Towns Together

Efforts to link “trail-to-town” have played a part in remaking communities. This webinar will include a case study of the first known “trail town” initiative - the Trail Town Program® along the Great Allegheny Passage.


posted Aug 24, 2018

Students develop Salmon, Idaho’s podcast trail

by Gina Knudson with Salmon Valley Stewardship

Local students wrote and narrated short podcasts to educate visitors of the trail about natural and local history.


published Jan 1, 2008

Trails Community: Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

Summerlin is one of three communities from across the nation selected to serve as fitting models for excellence in trails within a private development.


posted Jun 6, 2018

Drake Harbor Recreation Area - Missouri

The City of Warsaw and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked together to create an accessible pedestrian and bicycle accessible connection between downtown Warsaw and the trail system in the Drake Harbor Recreation Area.


published Jan 1, 2012

A Vision of Greenways: Detroit's Greater Riverfront East District

The vision for a new network of greenways in the Greater Riverfront East District of Detroit emerged from the desire to use greenways to connect the diverse neighborhoods of the area to each other and to the city’s magnificent natural asset, the Detroit River.


published Sep 1, 2012

Cedar Valley Trails Named 2012 Outstanding Tourist Attraction

This popular trail system is one of several projects recognized for excellence in the tourism industry at the recent Iowa Tourism Conference.


Related Pages and Dedicated Sections


posted Jun 18, 2020

1,028 Trail Projects Can Put Americans To Work

COVID-19 has created an economic downturn. Over 1,000 trail projects are waiting for funding to help put Americans back to work.


posted Feb 25, 2020

Trails Move People

Creating a strong, cooperative, and unified voice for a diverse trails community


Results from the Business Directory


Rocky Mountain Field Institute

Colorado Springs, Colorado

An organization of stewards and guardians, passionate about caring for the public land we all love and engaging our community to protect it.


815 South 25th Street, Suite 101, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
(719) 471-7736 • [email protected]

Urban Trail Co.

Kansas City, Missouri

Urban Trail Co. is a memberless organization with a 7-member board and an advisory board of knowledgeable trail builders and trail user community representatives. Trail-building resources are allocated through five volun...


PO Box 158 | Street Address: 520 W 103rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64114

Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Stateline, Nevada

The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the most iconic and beautiful long-distance recreation trails in the world. The 165+ mile single-track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). The trail ci...


PO Box 3267 | Street Address: 128 Market Street, Suite 3E, Stateline, Nevada 89449
(775) 298-4485 • [email protected]

More...