Urban Trails

Urban trails provide enormous benefits, both to each of us individually, as well as together in our communities. Urban trails are a core component of SMART growth, and successful urban centers in the 21st century:
Individually
  • Physical health from fresh air and exercise
  • Mental and spiritual health through access to nature and complex physical spaces
  • Alternative transportation methods through diverse spaces
  • Improved quality of life from convenient access to open space and nature
  • No cost recreation
Community
  • Increase property values
  • Bolstered community identity and cultural awareness
  • Attracting and retaining residents in urban areas, and decrease suburban sprawl
  • Reduced crime
If you are interested to dig deeper, American Trails has brought together a vast array of articles related to the benefits of trails.  Here are some other resources: