The Henry Hudson Trail is a multi-use pathway that will run for 24 miles when fully developed in Monmouth County, New Jersey. A continuous 12-mile northern segment stretches from Highlands to Matawan. From there a short on-road section leads to the 12-mile southern half, which currently includes 10 miles of off-road trail from Church Road in Matawan to Freehold. This ten-mile stretch is further broken down into two five-mile segments, connected by a short on-road route.
During 2011, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) conducted this study of the users of the Henry Hudson Trail under a grant from the F. M. Kirby Foundation. This survey was designed specifically to monitor trail user characteristics and the economic impact of trail visits.
Based on an RTC-developed model, we estimate there are more than 48,000 annual user visits to the Henry Hudson Trail. Through an analysis of economic data and trail user counts, we estimate the annual economic impact of the trail to be in excess of $910,000 a year.