|dc.description.abstract||This project focused on creating an interactive and searchable map of the most popular
trails in Harford County for the use on the Visit Harford website. This report provides
background on previously available searchable and interactive trail mapping, describes in detail
what the project’s goals, discusses the data collection process, including where the data was
collected from and qualitative data sought out.
A significant amount of data about Harford County Trails is available online, but it is not
consolidated in one place. If a visitor to Harford County wants to find a trail for hiking or biking,
there are numerous incomplete data sources and maps provided by jurisdictions and
independent organizations. The purpose of this project is to consolidate information on Harford
County’s most popular trails so that visitors and residents have easier access to the beauty of
Harford County through its comprehensive network of state parks, county parks, and trails.
This report also describes how data was gathered and manipulated to suit this project. It
also discusses the methodology, analysis, and visualization of the data. The primary purpose of
this report is to explain how the team used the data collected for mapping purposes, as well as
the project’s results. It includes a tutorial of how to use the final product with an analysis of how
it might be used on the Visit Harford site. This new interactive tool can benefit Harford County
residents and tourists alike. Ultimately, the interactive map will be incorporated into an app that
visitors to Harford County will be able to use to find not just trails, but other attractions, such as
dining, lodging, and entertainment.
Visit Harford is the destination marketing organization of Harford County, Maryland with
the goal of driving more tourism activity in Harford County. Their website includes many
attractions for both residents and tourists. Through the PALS program, our class was tasked with
providing the County with improved spatial data for tourist attractions in Harford County,
making the County more navigable for those seeking to get the most out of their visits in and
around Harford County.
Our group was assigned to Harford County’s trails. At the project’s outset, Harford
County did not have any kind of trail map that visitors could use. Additionally, the Visit Harford
County website only had a list of trails in the county, without any meaningful qualitative data
about the trails. In fact, the list of trails was included in the list of parks as a combined list of
parks and trails.1 Our group was tasked with creating an up-to-date trails inventory with
qualitative data about each trail, and then represent that data in an interactive map.
There is currently no interactive format nor a single place for visitors to research trails.
The only option is the Parks & Trails website where trails are consolidated with the parks. But
not all trails are included, and the site doesn’t include a map.||en_US