Trail Town Program

From coal towns to trail towns: rebuilding Appalachia

The Allegheny Front dug into our impact along the trail towns— and the stories of the lives it changed. Like Rod Darby, who had a great idea, but hit a snag when banks “weren’t sure about this trail thing.” Guess what? We were. And that’s just 1 piece of a major movement along the Great Allegheny Passage. Check out the full … Continue reading

Here are all the secrets to our $50M Trail Town success.

Trail Town official guide book

That’s right— all our secrets, for free.  We were the first to put the Trail Town ideas into action… so we learned a lot. But we also proved that trails can drive local economies. The Great Allegheny Passage is boasting a massive $50 million impact this year. Now, we’re sharing everything we learned so other trailside communities can follow our … Continue reading

2015 Trail Surveys Show Growing Interest in Outdoor Recreation and Trail Amenities

In 2015, the Trail Town Program® conducted two surveys to collect data from trail users. The General Trail User Survey took a broad approach and looked at trail users across the country. Trail construction has been increasing across the United States. With millions of users utilizing these trails, they have the potential to generate significant economic impact in communities and … Continue reading

GAP and EPT Lodging Surveys

The Trail Town Program® is updating data and information about available lodging and camping in around the Great Allegheny Passage and Erie to Pittsburgh (Titusville to Foxburg area) trails.  The brief survey includes a few questions such as type of facility, number of rooms/sites, and trail traffic. To kick off 2016, Trail Town Program® staff and partners will be gathering … Continue reading

Seeking Trail User Information!

We are currently conducting a survey to find out what trail users are looking for during their journeys on the trail. Please take our survey and share it out! Survey Results will be available between October and November 2015. Any questions regarding this survey please contact us.