We often get asked “What was the single most important thing you did that made your Trail Town Program® successful?” The answer is always the same, that we have money and the willingness to make loans to new and expanding trail-related businesses. And, we are as flexible as possible when we make those critical loans. We adjust to less than … Continue reading
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.
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
Quick, Easy Ways to Freshen up Your Trailhead for the Season
Trail season has arrived! With the increased amount of trail visitors, it might be a good time to take a look at the current condition of your trailhead. Your trailhead is often a visitor’s first glimpse of the Trail Town and can impact whether they continue on the trail or stroll into town. Here are some quick, easy ways to … Continue reading