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North Carolina Trails Program

The NC Trails Program originated in 1973 with the North Carolina Trails System Act and is dedicated to helping citizens, organizations and agencies plan, develop and manage all types of trails ranging from greenways and trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding to river trails and off-highway vehicle trails.

The five-person staff of the NC Trails Program, along with the North Carolina Trails Committee work together to enable volunteers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to develop trail plans, preserve land, develop and manage trails for all trail users. Staff provides technical assistance, offers grant opportunities and develops successful partnerships with local conservation and recreation advocates.

What We Do

The NC Trails Program works to support and promote trails of all types across North Carolina, including equestrian, paddle, hiking, cycling, and off-highway vehicles. Focus is given to developing sustainable trails, efficient trail maintenance, safety on trails, promotion of trails and working towards accessible trail options.

The program includes three regional trails specialists and a state trails planner. These positions are responsible for providing trail assessment, planning, design and trail layout services to units of the state park system and to other governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and volunteers who request assistance. The Regional Trails Specialists directly support the state parks system through trail planning, design, and corridor flagging for new trail and trail renovation projects within State Parks. Program staff also provide training/education to park staff on sustainable trail construction and maintenance techniques.  The regional trails specialists are also involved in the planning and promotion of community trail and greenway projects across North Carolina. The staff offers technical expertise to state and federal agencies, local governments, private stakeholders, landowners, and trail user groups to plan and coordinate the acquisition, construction, and management of trails and greenways for multiple purposes.  Each Trail Specialist is responsible for a 33 county area divided geographically. Staff are located at Lake James State Park, Raleigh headquarters office and Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

The NC Trails Program also manages the Federal Recreational Trails grant program in North Carolina.  Responsibilities include: assisting with development of the grant application document; assisting agencies and organizations with development and completion of their individual grant application; review and scoring of submitted grant applications; and assisting the North Carolina Trails Committee with funding recommendations. 

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Scott Crocker
Program Manager

1615 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615
physical address - DENR- Division of Parks and Recreation
NRC Building/3rd Floor
121 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27603

Talivia Brodie
Grants Manager 
Nature Research Center
1615 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615
Phone: 919-707-9320

Smith Raynor
Piedmont Region - Trails Specialist

1615 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615
physical address - DENR- Division of Parks and Recreation
NRC Building/3rd Floor/ 3501-P
121 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27603

Bob Taber
Coastal Region - Trails Specialist

240 Park Entrance Rd.
Seven Springs, NC 28578-8968

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Trails Staff by Region map