The association of natural elements and trail use by adults

Anna E. Anna, Julian A. Reed, Steve P. Hooker

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We used the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities to examine the association between variations in natural elements (ie, season, weather, and temperature) and adults' use of a rail-trail in South Carolina (2006- 2009). Most (62%) of the 4,468 trail users observed were walkers; 38% were observed participating in vigorous physical activity. Adults were most often observed using the trail during the summer (32%), sunny weather (78%), and moderate temperatures (54%). When promoting trail use among adults, natural elements should be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110177
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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