New Trail Finder service to connect local businesses in Vermont with trail users

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NEWPORT — Trail Finder, an online resource for finding trails in Vermont and New Hampshire, is launching Trailside Services, a new portal to connect local businesses to trail users.

Listings will be free to businesses that cater to trail users through April 1, 2021.

The website has seen unprecedented levels of usage this spring and summer as people in Vermont and New Hampshire have looked for opportunities to recreate close to home.

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance, which oversees Trail Finder in cooperation with a collaborative group of public and private partners including the Center for Community GIS, UNH Cooperative Extension, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, wants to strengthen the connection between the website’s rapidly growing user base and outdoor businesses.

“We launched Trailside Services because people want to know where to find that après-trail beer, the best local grub, and great places to stay near to the trails they are walking, riding, or paddling,” says Russell Hirschler, UVTA’s Executive Director. “Although the world has changed, trail users want to continue to support businesses, whether in their home communities or in other parts of the states where they look forward to visiting soon.”

Once listed, businesses will appear on a searchable interactive map of Vermont and New Hampshire as well as on detailed trail pages.

Businesses will also be able to provide information about their current offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as no contact payment and check-in, curbside pick up, delivery services, and online ordering.

“As an innkeeper in the Mad River Valley, I am excited to connect with the many hikers, bikers and back-country skiers who use Trail Finder.” says Peter MacClaren, co-owner of the West Hill House B&B, “I appreciate how the business listings are integrated into the site to help users find what they need, whether it is a place to stay, eat or find gear.”

Interested businesses can learn more and sign up at TralFinder.info.