The Indiana Trails Study was created as a fact-finding study of trail use levels, user characteristics, management practices, economic factors, and impacts on adjacent properties for a selected group of trails in Indiana.
Funded by a consortium of transportation, park, and public land agencies, the Indiana Trails Study used an informal advisory group to guide this landmark research in site selection, preferences in information to be obtained, research methods, and project completion. The Indiana Trails Study conducted research on trail use levels, trail management, economic impacts, property values, and attitudes toward trails in six different types of Indiana communities.
By engaging trail users and neighbors, this study established improved understanding in the trail planning community, and has made an impact on policymakers nationwide. The Indiana Trails Study has since been frequently cited in trail research and project development conducted elsewhere.