The purpose of this study was to develop a methodology for predicting travel patterns on routes leading to outdoor recreational areas in Kentucky. Data were collected by means of a license-plate, origin-destination survey at 160 sites within 42 recreational areas and by means of a continuous vehicle counting program at eight of these sites. Results indicate that the method of associating similar facilities is a reliable procedure for predicting traffic characteristics. Vehicle occupancy was found to depend on the type of recreational area, distance traveled, and vehicle type. Percentages of various vehicle types were also influenced by the type of recreational areas and the distance traveled. In general, trip lengths were quite short, as evidenced by the fact that 60 percent of all vehicles traveled less than 50 miles. Analysis of the distribution of traffic over time verified that recreational travel is much more highly peaked than other forms of highway travel.

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