The D&L Trail is a multi-use trail in eastern Pennsylvania, running north to south from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, east of Philadelphia. The trail anchors the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (DLNHC), an area encompassing the historic Delaware and Lehigh Canals and overseen by a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the cultural and natural resources of a five-county region in the eastern part of the state.
During 2012, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) conducted this study of the users of the D&L Trail between the boroughs of White Haven and Morrisville, work supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). This survey was designed specifically to monitor trail user characteristics and the economic impact of trail visits.
An analysis of data gathered from infrared counters located along the D&L Trail and completed user surveys indicates an estimated 282,796 annual user visits to the trail, resulting in a total economic impact in 2012 of $19,075,921. Of this, $16,358,201 is estimated to have been directly injected into the local economy.