The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Trail Advisory Committee have published the 2017 Annual Trails Report. The report comes ahead of September, which has been designated Trails Month.
From the introduction to the report:
Trails create public health and wellbeing. Trails bring communities of all sizes economic development through tourism. Trails are a major tourism resource for Pennsylvania and the value of tourism in the state for recreation in 2015 was nearly 7 bil-lion dollars. The travel and tourism industry is the 10th largest employer in Pennsylvania with over 300,000 jobs. Trails are destinations as well as means of traveling from place to place. Trails offer safe and amiable places for people to exercise, commute, access parks and waterways, explore history, connect to commerce centers, or just simply to enjoy nature. The 2017 Annual Trail Report demonstrates the continued positive impact that trails have on the Commonwealth.Wherever you live in Pennsylvania trails are available to you and more are being built toward the goal of having a trail within 15 minutes of all residents from their front door.
The report outlines the 2014–19 strategic plan for trails in Pennsylvania and identifies the top 10 trail gaps. It also features trail-related highlights from 2017 (including the Trail of the Year and River of the Year) and contains information about trails from every region of the state.