There’s was a Grand History Trail mention in the Frederick News-Post on Nov. 16. Here’s an excerpt:
“When people speak of bicycle trails, benefits that normally come to mind are health, quality of life, history and environmental stewardship. But to many trail side communities, a strong economic impact has also been a tremendous attribute. Over 30 community leaders gathered on Oct. 30 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center to hear a presentation on the Grand History Trail economic impact potential.
The Grand History Trail, or GHT, is an approximate 250-mile loop linking Gettysburg with popular existing trails, including Pennsylvania’s York Heritage Trail, The Baltimore-Annapolis Trail and the C&O Canal in Maryland and D.C. Half of the GHT is already completed.
Carl Knoch, chairman of the York Rail Trail Authority and keynote speaker for the event, said the York County Heritage Rail Trail County Park, which consists of 21 miles in York County, Pennsylvania, cost $4.5 million dollars to build, back in 1990-99. On average over the past 15 years 37 percent of trail users come from outside of York County. Average spending by trail users on consumable goods is $2.3 million per year, totaling $35 million over the past 15 years.”
Read the entire article here.