A trail survey of the Virginia Creeper Trail (VCT) found that, between November 1, 2002 and October 31, 2003 there were an estimated 130,172 trail users who traveled an average of 154 miles to reach the trail. The total annual economic impact from VCT trips is estimated at $1.59 million.
The Virginia Creeper Trail (VCT) is a 34-mile long rail trail whose midpoint is the town of Damascus, Virginia, which is known as “Trail Town, USA” because it is located at the intersection of five major trails.
A trail survey was conducted between November 1, 2002 and October 31, 2003. During this time period, there were an estimated 130,172 trail users.
The average distance traveled to reach the VCT was 154 miles.
On a scale of 1 (no benefits) to 4 (high benefits), users gave health and fitness an average rating of 3.81
The total economic impact from VCT trips is estimated at $1.59 million. These trips annually support approximately 27.4 new full time job equivalents.
Primary overnight trips created the most impact on the local economy, $114,398 per 1,000 person-trips
Primary day trips account for $23,606 spent per 1,000 person trips
Local trail users spent just under $200 annually on items directly related to their use of the VCT, mostly within the local economy.