Skip to content

Thanks for joining us at the 9th Annual
Piedmont Legacy Trails Summit

The Piedmont Legacy Trails Mini Summit 2024 was a sold-out success! It featured presentations on leveraging funding opportunities, advocacy, and other tactics to bring your trails to the next level. We hope you enjoyed connecting with other trail professionals and advocates from the Piedmont Triad area and beyond. 

During lunch we presented this year’s Legacy Awards to 4 outstanding trail advocates for significant commitment to creating trails and working for enhanced trail recreation in the Piedmont Triad

This year’s summit was a “mini” half-day event in an effort to streamline the many conferences this year. 
Mark your calendars for September 11-13th for the state-wide Great Trails State Conference in Winston Salem, NC. 

Questions? Email Abby Draut at

Schedule & Presentations

8:30 - 9:00am

Coffee, Registration, and Networking


Welcome & Updates


Panel: Navigating the Funding Frontier

Dave Head, Planning Program Manager, NC Division of Parks & Recreation
Trey Fouche, Central North Region Consultant, Recreation Resource Services, NC State
Dawn Charaba, Executive Director, Reidsville Area Foundation
Kelly Garvin, Assistant Director, Winston-Salem Department of Transportation
Adam Shull, Assistant Regional Planning Director at Piedmont Triad Regional Council





Educational Trails

Tony McGee, Landscape Architect, Economic Development Specialist, RoundRock Design


There were many un-answered questions from Tony's presentation. Once we get the question responses they will be posted here!


Panel: Learning From Past Mistakes

Nolan Carter, Trails & Open Space Coordinator, Alamance Parks and Haw River Trail Coordinator

Daniel White, Director of Surry County Parks & Recreation

Jake Easter, Forsyth Off road Biking Association, Founder


Maybe Slido didn't work, maybe everyone was excited for lunch, or the presenters answered all of your questions- either way, there were not any questions on the slido to have answered- as promised!


Lunch & Piedmont Legacy Trails Awards Presentation & Round Tables


2024 Legacy Award Recipients

Kyle Hall - Government Leader Legacy Award
Uwharrie Trail Blazers - Legacy Group Award
Daniel White - Government Partner Legacy Award
Redsville Area Foundation - Funder Legacy Award


Mike Simpson

Retired, Greensboro Parks & Recreation

Hope Haywood

Randolph County Commissioner

Andrew Sam

Friends of Alamance Parks & Alamance Mountains-to-Sea Trail Crew Leader

Winston-Salem Greenways

Outstanding Trail Project in Winston-Salem


Mary Joan Pugh

Randolph County Trails Coordinator

Mark Gatehouse

Piedmont Fat Tire Society

Harry Clapp

North Carolina Rails-to-Trails Volunteer

Yadkin River Park

Outstanding Trail Project in Davidson County


Greg Yahn

MST Crew Leader, Guilford and Alamance Counties

Haw River Trail

Outstanding Trail Project in Alamance County


Roger Bardsley

Retired, Guilford County Planning

Elkin Valley Trails Association

Outstanding Trail Organization in Surry County

Title Sponsor:

Trail Blazer Sponsor:

Trailhead Sponsors

Hosted by:

What is Piedmont Legacy Trails?

Piedmont Legacy Trails is the trails collective in the Piedmont Triad whose primary goal is to highlight our natural places, connect trail efforts, and give voice to regional trail interests for the the benefit of our communities.

Explore Past Summits

On March 10th, 2023, we learned about best practices, exciting projects across the region, and connected with other professionals who are advancing trail development, ending with an optional trail field trip. Our keynote speaker Gary Vernon, Senior Program officer for Steuart and Tom’s personal foundation and is considered one of the leading experts in developing mountain bike trail systems, overseeing design and construction of over 600 miles of world class mountain bike trails and growing. His work includes the Oz Trails region of Northwest Arkansas as well as the Arkansas State Parks Monument Trail projects. In 2019 he was the recipient of the American Trails Chairman award for advancing trail design and changing the landscape for trail systems.

In 2022, the Summit hosted 4 virtual session: Engaging Volunteers, State & Regional Trail Planning, Innovative Strategies for Funding, and Case Studies of Effective Partnerships for Trails. The Summit also featured 4 field trips to trails in the Piedmont Triad. All sessions were recorded and can be watched on our YouTube Channel.

Held virtually, the 2021 Summit hosted sessions on Trail Funding, Community Health & Trails, Trails & Economic Development, and Trail Design & Building. The Summit also featured 4 field trips to trails in the Piedmont Triad. All sessions were recorded and can be watched on our YouTube Channel.

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, in 2020 the Summit was postponed and became a Virtual Conversation Series in the Fall. Recordings of sessions about The Greenway Imperative, Trail Tourism, Trail Advocacy, and Equity on Trails. All sessions were recorded and can be watched on our YouTube Channel.