The 15-mile Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail and the 5.5-mile Conewago Recreation Trail represent one continuous trail corridor maintained by two separate entities in Pennsylvania. The Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail is owned and maintained by the all-volunteer, nonprofit Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails, Inc. (LVRT). The Conewago Recreation Trail is owned and maintained by the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation.
During 2011, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) conducted this study of the users of the trail under a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This survey was designed specifically to monitor trail user characteristics and the economic impact of trail visits.
An analysis of the data accumulated from infrared counters located along the trails and the completed surveys received from users indicates an estimated 125,244 annual user visits to the combined trails. These user visits resulted in a total economic impact in 2011 of $1,326,117 (including $875,320 directly into the local economy).