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At a Glance

    Corps projects provide over 2,100 miles of trails for a variety of visitor experiences, including hiking and backpacking, mountain and road biking, off-highway vehicle driving, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and boating/paddling. The public demand for these types of activities is increasing at a high rate, which presents many possibilities for exploring and expanding our role in providing trail-oriented recreational opportunities. Enter this page to find out more on who, what, why and how of trails.

    The U.S. Census Bureau (2000) reports that over 77,000,000 people said they walked for exercise and over 27,000,000 identified themselves as hikers. Bicycling, in particular mountain biking, has seen extraordinary growth. Over 15,000,000 people ride on-road and another 8,600,000 ride off-road at least once a year (Census Bureau, 2000).

    Recent initiatives that are highlighting trails at Corps projects include HealthierUS, a Presidential initiative aimed toward increasing the health and fitness of citizens. The Corps is a member of the Recreation and Public Health work group, and there is growing recognition of the contribution of trails on public lands as fitness opportunities. Most trail-oriented recreation is considered excellent cardiovascular exercise, promoting fitness and strength.

    In October 2004, an Interagency Trails MOU signed by General Strock initiated work with six other federal agencies for coordinating and sharing resource information, training opportunities, and partners to develop and manage all types of trails.

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