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Benefits of Trails

Business Impact of Mon River Trails System

By: Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy REPORT
April 4, 2017

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This report summarizes a study of the business impact of the Mon River Trails System (MRTS), a network of 48 miles of trails in north-central West Virginia that has been in operation in-whole or in-part since 1998. The findings from the work are applicable for many audiences, including trail advocates, elected officials, economic development entities and business owners with trail usage patterns and sociodemographic profiles that are like the MRTS and the surrounding area in two ways. First, the MRTS is a local transportation and recreation hub, not a tourism-driven trail. Second, the geographic area of study is a densely populated rural core city with a well-educated population and predominantly white-collar employment.

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