Where would we be without trails? It is a simple question, but it is worth pondering. The longer you sit with this question, the more you will discover the overwhelming impact that trails have on our lives, often in very unexpected ways. (Read more from americantrails.org here.)
Trails Are Restorative
Whether hiking, bicycling, riding on horseback or participating in motorized recreation nearly everyone uses trails for a similar goal – to spend time outdoors. This time outside, whether a short walk down a paved trail to work in an urban setting, or a hike to a point reachable to only a few Americans makes trail users happier people.
For every $1 spent on trails, there is a $3 savings in healthcare costs. Spending even 20 minutes outside will have short term effects on the brain to reduce stress.