The Great Trails State Coalition

A broad-based group of diverse organizations, agencies and supporters advocating for increased state investment in all types of trails statewide – hiking, paddle, mountain bike, equestrian, paved.


North Carolina is the Great Trails State, where each of our 100 counties enjoys the proven benefits of trails, including health, safety, economic development, tourism, transportation, and environment.

The Next Steps for North Carolina

The Great Trails State Coalition recommends building upon NC’s trail legacy by investing in and expanding our current trail systems:

Build Nature Trails


$18 million  for construction and land purchase dollars


$2.3 million to strengthen the NC Trails Program and support official State Trails

Build Greenways


$45 million for trail construction and $2 million for rural feasibility studies

Support Tourism


$150,000 to construct a Great Trails State web portal


$100,000 to help rural communities promote tourism

Designate 2023 as NC Year of the Trail

In the 2021 long session both the House and Senate passed a bill declaring 2023 the Year of the Trail. It was signed into law on August 18, 2021. Read more about it here.

Apart from some PARTF funding, there is no current state investment in trail construction. All State dollars spent for trail construction are federal pass through funds. NC lags far behind peer states in state investment in trail construction.

North Carolina has big plans for trails. See the growing list of investment ready projects across the State.

Near Asheville NC
Coralla, Outer Banks NC
Bicentennial Greenway. Image by Tiffany Stodart.