Local trails are a great way to stay active, unwind, and for many, access shops and get to work without relying on a car. It is no wonder three in four U.S. adults find having access to trails near their home important. The vast majority of park and recreation agencies across the United States operate, maintain or manage trails, greenways and/or blueways. The typical agency manages or maintains 12 miles of trails, though that number can be well over 100 miles, especially for agencies serving over 250,000 residents.

Key Findings:

  • Three in four U.S. adults say it is important that they have access to public walking, hiking or biking trails near their home
  • Nearly half of all U.S. adults say it is extremely or very important that they have access to public walking, hiking or biking trails near their home
  • Residents in Western states are most likely to say it is extremely or very important that they have access to public walking, hiking or biking trails near their home
  • Eighty-four percent of millennials say it is important that they have access to public walking, hiking or biking trails near their home

The Value of Local Trails


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