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published Sep 17, 2018

FAQ: Determining trail capacity or level of service

by American Trails Staff

How many users can a paved trail support before it becomes too crowded or over used?


published Jun 1, 2015

Paths More Traveled

by USDA Forest Service

This report, a publication of the Forests on the Edge project of the Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Deputy Area, examines the growth in population within 50 and 100 miles of national forests and grasslands. To understand how recreation pressure might increase in the future, the report also estimates future growth in recreation visits to NFS lands by local residents.


published Jun 1, 2015

Jackson Hole Pathways and Trails Survey Full Results

by Headwaters Economics

The purpose of the Jackson Hole Pathways and Trails Survey is to gather public feedback on Jackson Hole’s pathways and trails systems. The results of this first-of-its‐kind survey effort are intended to provide a documentation of pathways and trails usage, satisfaction, strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement. The information in this report provides solid information to help community decision-makers, stakeholder groups, and interested citizens plan for the future of Jackson Hole’s pathways and trails systems.


published Jun 6, 2012

10 Tips for Counting Visitors on Trails

by Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose - Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

If you aren’t counting and surveying trail users, you may be missing an opportunity to better fund your program and help the community understand the value of your trail system or interconnected network of trails.


published Dec 24, 2011

Trail User Demographics, Physical Activity Behaviors, and Perceptions of a Newly Constructed Greenway Trail

To better understand and promote physical activity on a newly constructed trail, the present study examined the demographic characteristics and physical activity behaviors of trail users


published Sep 28, 2011

San Jose Trail Count Shows Trail Use Continues to Rise

The San Jose trail count provides data to support further development of the integrated trail network.


published Mar 25, 2011

FAQ: How to measure the strength and growth of a trail network

by American Trails Staff

Measuring the benefits and economic development of trails.


published Sep 1, 2010

Every Mile Counts: Economic Analysis of 2008 New York Trail User Surveys

Surveys were undertaken on eight shared-use trails to see who uses these trails, how far they travel to a trail, and what they spend and on what items.


published May 1, 2007

Capital Crescent Trail-Georgetown Branch Trail Survey Report

This survey was conducted to obtain information on the amount and type of use of this popular trail.


published Sep 20, 2006

Canalway Trail User Count and Methodology

The Trail User Count Survey was conducted to provide information on the number and types of trail users at several different locations along the Canalway Trail within Oneida, Herkimer, and Montgomery counties.


Oct 1, 2020

Managing High-Use Trails

Learn how trail steward and trailbuilding programs have worked to make the public better informed, more responsible trails users while protecting the resource.


Oct 22, 2020

Make it Count: Collecting and Applying Trail Count Data

Learn from industry experts, advocates, and practitioners about how to collect and apply trail count data, and how to leverage that data in order to achieve meaningful, tangible changes in your community.