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To mitigate the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, we have closed the National Canal Museum and offices of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Our staff continues our mission-driven work from home. We hope you and yours will stay safe and healthy. Happy Trails!×
Trails and trail users are the economic engine that run the outdoor recreation economy. Bikers, walkers, runners, and paddlers are potential customers that bring money to local towns and businesses. In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in annual consumer spending, 251,000 direct jobs and $1.9 billion in state and local taxes. The D&L Trail is part of this success producing over $19 million in total economic impact.
Help the D&L and other businesses track how trails and trail users impact local businesses. By collecting data on businesses we can share best practices and demonstrate that trails are a great investment. All data is confidential and will be aggregated to show total impacts.
Trail users need more then just trails. They want restaurants to eat at, fun places to get drinks, and cool shops to buy local items. Visitors and residents want places where they can play and stay. It is important that businesses create a welcoming atmosphere that caters to trail users needs. The D&L created our D&L Trail Friendly Business program to connect our hundreds of thousands trail users to businesses. The D&L helps businesses with information about trail users, important amenities, and ways to create a trail friendly atmosphere. Businesses that apply and are approved receive the following benefits: