Trails & Pathways

Trails can bring a wide range of benefits to communities, including increased business, higher property values, and improved public health. The Trails Library has more than 130 studies on trails, searchable by impact, use, year, and region.

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Trails Research and Searchable Benefits Library

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.

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Trails Toolkit: Helping Communities Invest Wisely

— 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.

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City Trails: Improving Equitable Access

— 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.

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