Trail Impact Series

NEW! Evidence Based Infosheets on the Impacts of Trails 

As communities throughout the U.S. and the world cope with the devastating toll of COVID-19, the pandemic has brought a renewed focus on the importance of local trails. This series explores how local trails are vital assets for improving physical and mental health, building community, stimulating economies, and fostering climate resilience. The goal is to provide community leaders, trail planners, and advocates with evidence-based information on the benefits of trails, and recommendations for advancing informed design, policy and programming. The infosheets are one-page double sided downloadable printable resources. Access content and PDF files by clicking the image below.

Trails Promote Health

Trails Support Economies

Trails Build Communities

Trails Enhance Resiliency

A partnership between National Park Service and UConn Extension.





Health:  Laura Brown, Umekia Taylor, Molly Basak-Smith, Michael Puglisi, University of Connecticut Extension

Build Communities: Charles Tracy, CT Trail Census, University of Connecticut Extension.

Resiliency: Stephanie Stroud, National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program 

Economies: Laura Brown, University of Connecticut Extension