The outdoor recreation economy is large, growing faster than the overall economy, and consists of jobs in many industries. Explore data by state.
Trails & Pathways
Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the Great American Rail-Trail® will attract 25.6 million trips and generate more than $229.4 million in spending.
Detailed estimates of summer trail use help show the impacts of growing recreational use and highlight infrastructure needs in southwest Montana.
New data sources can change the way we count outdoor recreation, allowing trail managers to better advocate for improvements and plan for growing demand.
The Merced River Trail in Mariposa County, California will create benefits for the economy and businesses, quality of life, and public health.
Updated: Headwaters Economics compiled 144 trails research studies on the impacts of trails in a single library, searchable by type of benefit, use, year, and region.
Communities and local leaders can utilize this trails toolkit to better understand whether and how trails can accomplish local goals, along with the cost and benefits of proposed projects.
Urban trail efforts increasingly are focusing on providing equitable access to trails. Trails and parks can create substantial benefits for public health, property values, and quality of life.
Improving economic diversification and outdoor recreation in Bonner County will bring new spending and jobs to the community.
Best practices for balancing the needs for clean drinking water, recreation, and economic development in municipal watersheds.
Outdoor recreation and the economic impact of Whitefish Trail use in Whitefish, Montana.
By pairing limited, local surveys with activity tracking app data, we are estimating trail use across large areas.
Updated: This report describes the benefits of a frontage path–a proposed paved, multi-use pathway connecting Belgrade and Bozeman along an approximately ten-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 10 in Gallatin County.
Explore seasonal use—including the amount, type, and timing—for 25 regional trails and pathways.
In the Taos, New Mexico area trails are a fundamental part of health and quality of life, but differences in access to trails may limit the benefits for Hispanic and low-income residents.
Trails are good for people, but the health and social benefits of trails are not equally available to everyone.
Many people talk about trails and quality of life, but how do we measure and obtain it?
Updated tools, research, and studies on the benefit of trails to communities and local citizens.
Survey provides information on Bonner County’s trail system and will help prioritize improvements based on resident usage, satisfaction, reasons for living in the area.
Headwaters Economics has updated its Trails Library to include 105 studies on trails, searchable by benefit, use, year, and region.