Trails have tremendous benefits for local communities. Not only do they connect towns with their rivers, streams and surrounding lands, but they also enhance the local quality of life through positive impacts to health, economy and environment. Earlier this year, Headwaters Economics released the Trails Benefits Library, a comprehensive database of studies on the positive impacts of trails, especially in small or medium-sized towns and rural areas.
Learn more about the benefits of trails for your community! Check out and explore the different benefits from public health, business impacts and property values and a whole other host of benefits in the database. From there, investigate further by diving into unique types of recreation from water and rivers to hiking, biking and skiing. What types of trails are available in your community?