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The Deep River State Trail, Franklinville, NC. Image by Piedmont Legacy Trails.

How you can Support Trails in North Carolina

The Great Trails State Coalition is a grassroots effort to give our communities the trails they’ve been asking for. We’d love for you to join us. There are lots of ways to support trails in North Carolina. 

1. Learn about the Impact of Trails and their Benefits to your Community

See our handout or read up on the benefits of trails.

2. Contact your State Senator or State Representative in Raleigh

Send an email, mail a letter, or make a phone call to let your state legislators know that you support funding for trails. Get inspiration from the script below: 

The Honorable [Full Name]

North Carolina [House of Representatives/Senate]

Raleigh, NC

 

Dear [Representative/Senator] [Last Name],

 

My name is [your name] and I am from [Town/City], North Carolina.

 

As a North Carolina resident, I am writing you today to ask you to support funding for North Carolina trails and greenways during this session of the General Assembly.

 

As a policy maker, you find yourself in a “once in a lifetime” position to put the North Carolina trails system on a sustainable path.  The unprecedented amount of Federal ARP funds flowing to the state will allow you to make the one-time financial commitment needed to put our great trails system on a sound footing. ARP funds are directed toward measures resulting in both economic growth and a healthier future population.  The NC trails system meets both of these requirements.

 

This once in a generation investment in trails and greenways in rural and urban communities all across the state will provide public access to healthy and safe recreation, support local economies and tourism, create desirable places to live and work, and to provide safe alternative transportation options.

 

Now more than ever North Carolinians are demonstrating interest in exploring trails in their communities. Over the past year alone trail use has increased more than 300 percent in some areas. In our community, the [name of trail] trail has been a tremendously valued asset, heavily used by all kinds of people throughout the pandemic, providing much needed physical and mental health benefits. Yet North Carolina lags far behind peer states in trail funding. I believe trails are a critical asset to North Carolina.  In fact, studies have shown that every one dollar spent on trail construction supports $1.72 in annual local business and sales tax revenue and has monetary benefits related to health and transportation. 

 

Trails have the potential to connect all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, help our economy recover from the pandemic and improve health and recreation opportunities for our neighbors. I hope you will consider these important investments and other opportunities to demonstrate your support for trails and greenways in North Carolina.

 

I hope we can cross paths on one of North Carolina’s beautiful trails soon!

 

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

[Town/City], North Carolina

3. Get Email Updates and Calls to Action in your Inbox

Keep in touch. As our movement progresses, we’d love to inform you about what’s going on.

4. Become a Member

Are you involved with an organization that would like to become a member of the Great Trails State Coalition? Coalition membership has no financial obligation at this point, but rather signifies your organization’s support of the Great Trails State Coalition platform.

Fill out our form below and we will contact you. We hope you’ll join us!

    Thank you.

    Uwharrie National Recreation Trail.
    Salem Lake Trail. Image by Piedmont Legacy Trails.
    Jack Rabbit Trail. Image by WNC Outdoors.