Tourist-cabin rentals in Southwest Virginia began long before Airbnb arrived. But the online service is part of the market now and may be one reason for increased regulation of the cabin-rental market.
Private holdings block public access to nearly 10 million acres of federal land in the West, hampering growth in the recreation economy, a new report says. The federal program that could help purchase access expires September 30.
With a geography that is rapidly changing and sci-fi like transportation, Morgantown, West Virginia, may seem out of this world. But it's really the writer who is the alien.
Footpaths, bike trails and car tours guide tourists and locals alike through the region’s natural and cultural heritage. The spending that accompanies the use of such trails has helped revive local economies. But wage levels remain a…
The ballfields, wildlife habitat, trails and other amenities created through the Land and Water Conservation Fund serve communities all over the nation. “There’s not a person in rural Montana, not an American citizen, who hasn’t been…
Southwest Virginia turned an unused railroad right of way into a critical part of a regional tourism powerhouse. Jacob Stump, a native of the region, begins a series on how those changes have affected the economy and culture of this Central…
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says a new federal report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis will help leaders in the recreation industry “hire, invest and grow.”
The Park Service is exploring why its visitors are disproportionately white and whether programs and staffing could attract more people of color to places like the Grand Canyon.
Besides devastating loss of life and damage to property and structures, the West’s wildfire season also affects the $887 billion recreation economy that is the lifeblood of some rural communities.