North Carolina Invests in Trails
The General Assembly’s final budget, approved by the NC Senate and signed by Governor Cooper on November 18, 2021, includes $29.25M in nonrecurring funds in FY 21-22 for the Complete the Trails Fund, marking the first time North Carolina has made a significant direct investment in trails.
This vital funding will lead to tremendous progress on State Trail projects across North Carolina.
The Complete the Trails Fund will provide grants for State Trail projects, build capacity for State Trail nonprofit partner organizations, and creates a new Trail Coordinator position with recurring funds to pay for the new position. The Complete the Trails Fund will be managed by the NC Trails Program within the NC Division of Parks and Recreation.
There are also a number of earmarks for specific trail projects, $2M for trail feasibility studies, and authorization for our 12th State Trail, Roanoke River Paddle Trail.
The Great Trails State Coalition acknowledges and greatly appreciates the leadership of:
- Representative Dean Arp, R-69 (Union), Senior Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee
- Representative Hugh Blackwell, R-86 (Burke),
- Representative Mike Clampitt, R-119 (Haywood, Jackson, Swain)
- Representative Erin Pare, R-37 (Wake)
This group took the lead on this funding effort with help from many other members of the House, Senator Brent Jackson, and Governor Roy Cooper.
Trails are the foundation of North Carolina’s $28 billion dollar outdoor recreation economy and by promoting and investing in trail infrastructure, we are well-set to grow this number significantly.
We believe North Carolina is the Great Trails State.