Number of participants in hiking in the United States from 2006 to 2015 (in millions)

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This statistic shows the number of participants in hiking in the United States from 2006 to 2015. In 2015, there were approximately 37.23 million participants in hiking in the U.S.

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Recreational outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, hunting & wildlife viewing and sports such as running, bicycling and climbing draw millions of participants into the outdoors in the United States each year. In 2013, about 50 percent of all U.S. Americans had participated in some kind of outdoor activity. Children aged 6 to 12 years were the most likely group to participate outdoor activities, with about 64 percent of that age group participating.

Amongst the most popular outdoor activities are hiking (34.38 million participants in 2013), camping (36 million), biking (46.6 million), fishing (54.9 million) and running (57.6 million). Reasons for participating in outdoor activities are, for example, the need to get exercise and to keep physically fit, to be with family and friends, to be close to nature, to get away from the usual demands of daily life and many more. National Parks are popular destinations for people that want to be active in the outdoors. For parks that are under the administration of the National Park Service, more than 280 million visits are counted each year.

The economic impact of outdoor activities in the U.S. reaches several billion U.S. dollars each year. The direct economic impact on local economies of visitor spending at National Parks is estimated to be between six and eight billion U.S. dollars per year. Expenditure related to recreational fishing was estimated at around 42 billion U.S. dollars in 2011. Hunters in the United States spent approximately 34 billion U.S. dollars on equipment, licenses, trips and other hunting-related items in 2011.

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