North Carolina's Year of the Trail | 2023
Year of the Trail will be an opportunity for North Carolina to showcase, promote, and celebrate our trails. Throughout the year 2023, there will be special trail programs and events in each of our 100 counties, with a goal to increase awareness and educate the public about trails, and boost local trail use and tourism.
Additionally, the “Year of the Trail” will be used to showcase the vital role of volunteers in building and maintaining much of our natural trail networks from trails in local parks to statewide trails.
2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1973 North Carolina Trails System Act. The NC Trails System Act created North Carolina’s Trails Program which is housed in the Division of Parks and Recreation and is assisted by the North Carolina Trails Committee, a group of citizens appointed to represent users of different types of trails, including hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding and off road vehicles.
Thank the legislators who supported this designation:
Send a thank you email to the Representatives who sponsored this bill or to your legislator who voted to pass this legislation.
Introduced by: Representative Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke)
Primary Sponsors: Representative Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke), Representative Pat B. Hurley (R),Representative Larry C. Strickland (R), Representative Dean Arp (R)
“Year of the Trail will be a tremendous opportunity to highlight North Carolina’s exceptional network of trails, and educate the public and elected officials about their value to our residents and communities.”
Kate Dixon, Executive Director of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Help us celebrate trails in North Carolina in 2023, and together, let’s show why North Carolina is