Trails are the foundation of the outdoor economy
Why Support Trails
Trail use has increased more than 300% in some places in the last year. The pandemic has demonstrated how eager North Carolinians are for safe places to be outside in nature.
NCDOT’s Great Trails State Plan, to be published in 2021, is a plan to connect all 100 NC counties by trails. State funding will provide matching dollars for significant federal funds and speed investment ready projects to completion, benefitting citizens and the outdoor recreation economy.
Off-road trail networks help people safely get to their destinations. Each year more than 3,000 pedestrians and 850 bicyclists are hit by vehicles in North Carolina, making NC one of the most dangerous states in the US for walking and bicycling.
Trails have a significant return on investment:
Every $1.00 spent on trail construction generates $1.72 ANNUALLY from local business revenue, sales tax revenue, & benefits related to health and transportation.
The Great Trails State Coalition collected information from communities about natural and paved trail projects that are ready for construction and design.
There are 157 projects in 52 counties, representing an estimated $230 million of construction costs. NC DOT’s Great Trails State Plan identifies future projects in all 100 counties. Check them out below.
The Great Trails State Coalition recommends building upon NC’s trail legacy by investing in and expanding our current trail systems:
Building Nature Trails
NC State Parks
Recurring Funding: $2.3M to strengthen the NC Trails Program and support official State TrailsNon-recurring Funding: $18M for trail construction and land purchase dollars
Recurring Funding: $100,000 to help rural communities promote tourismNon-recurring Funding: $150,000 to construct a Great Trails State web portal
Designate 2023 NC Year of the Trail
To celebrate trails and spur more trail growth