Most popular outdoor activities in the United States from 2009 to 2017, by number of participants (in millions)

Most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2017 This statistic shows the number of people above the age of six participating in the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2017. Hiking was the fourth-most popular outdoor activity in the U.S. in 2017 with 44.9 million total participants.
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HikingCar, backyard and RV campingRoad biking, mountain biking and BMXFreshwater, saltwater and fly fishingRunning, jogging and trail running
200932.64443.34844.7
201032.442.342.345.450.2
201134.542.54346.251.5
201234.53842.34653.2
201334.383646.645.957.6
201436.340.5444653.7
201537.2404345.751.5
201642.240.545.947.152.3
201744.941.847.549.155.9
HikingCar, backyard and RV campingRoad biking, mountain biking and BMXFreshwater, saltwater and fly fishingRunning, jogging and trail running
200932.64443.34844.7
201032.442.342.345.450.2
201134.542.54346.251.5
201234.53842.34653.2
201334.383646.645.957.6
201436.340.5444653.7
201537.2404345.751.5
201642.240.545.947.152.3
201744.941.847.549.155.9
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This statistic shows the number of people above the age of six participating in the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2017. Hiking was the fourth-most popular outdoor activity in the U.S. in 2017 with 44.9 million total participants.
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Release date
July 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2009 to 2017
Number of respondents
30,999 respondents
Age group
6 years and older
Method of interview
Online interview
Supplementary notes
A participant in outdoor recreation is defined as an individual who took part in one or more of 40 outdoor activities at least once. Included in those 40 activities are for example backpacking, bicycling, surfing and fishing.

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