By Joe Napsha/Trib Total Media – June 20, 2015
Businesses along the Great Allegheny Passage have benefitted from an increase in trail riders planning a multiple-day trip, up from 23 percent in 2011 to 57 percent last year, according to a survey of 560 users of the Great Allegheny Passage. The survey was conducted from July to October 2014 in West Newton, Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Confluence, Rockwood, Meyersdale and three trail towns in Allegheny County, as well as two in Maryland.
About 62 percent of the trail users surveyed were planning an overnight stay, more than double from 2011, according to the economic impact survey conducted by the Trail Town Program®, an initiative of The Progress Fund in Greensburg.
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