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Connecting the Piedmont

Explore resources designed to enhance your trail experience and community engagement. From grants and amenities information to trail maintenance tips and educational resources,. This guide is made for the Piedmont Legacy Trails Steering Committee and our 12 county region partners. Discover funding opportunities, learn about sustainable practices, and find inspiration in our success stories. Join us in preserving natural landscapes and fostering lasting partnerships. Let’s create a legacy of accessible trails and thriving communities together.

If you would like to submit information for this page please email adraut@Piedmontland.org 

Planning and Design Resources

Whether you want a family-friendly shared-use trail, a bike park with flow lines, an expert-level trail full of gnarly rock features, or a trail system that caters to all skill levels, IMBA can assess, plan, design, and build your trails; and educate trail stewards. The resulting diverse, sustainable trail systems will engage your community for years to come. 

https://www.imba.com/programs/trail-solutions

https://www.imba.com/planning-design

Find documents on planning and design, management, funding, impacts of trails, workforce development, and general interest. 

https://www.americantrails.org/resource-library

Each state trail is a unit of the state parks system and must be authorized by the General Assembly. When any new state trail is added to the system, the Division of Parks and Recreation engages in a planning process, including a feasibility study for the new trail. Effective planning is essential to determine a corridor for the new trail and identify potential partners. Planning includes extensive data collection, outreach to potential partners, public input, and mapping of the trail corridor.
 
 
 
 
The Trail Research Hub undertakes research, education, and outreach initiatives to support sustainable trail development, construction, and maintenance across Canada while establishing best practice guidelines for trails governance and management.
 
 
 
 

The ultimate guidebook to the lifecycle of a trail. Learn more about the before, during, and effects of trails. 

https://www.blm.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2021-05/orwa-ReadySetPlan.pdf

Find articles based on your research goal. Rails to trails offers featured collections of documents on trail enhancements, policy, funding, promotion, management and much more. 

https://www.railstotrails.org/resource-library/

Design guidelines, bicycle accommodations types, and bicycle route signing and mapping.

https://connect.ncdot.gov/projects/BikePed/Pages/Guidance.aspx

Mountain Bike Trail Development – Guidelines for Successfully Managing the Process was written for land managers (professionals in city, county, state, federal, land trust, and special use permit entities such as ski area managers) who have the responsibility of bringing bike-optimized mountain bike trails to their communities. Released in 2023, this guide is solely focused on mountain biking and the unique aspects that the activity brings to the park planning process.

https://www.imba.com/resource/mountain-bike-trail-development-guidelines

Considerations and maintenance of equestrian trails in wildlands, rural, and urban areas.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/t-d/pubs/htmlpubs/htm07232816/page05.htm

The Greenway Criteria and Design Guide provides information and resources for the planning, design, construction, promotion, and maintenance of local East Coast Greenway segments. This Guide defines our vision of a protected, connected series of safe facilities for a continuous non-motorized route from Maine to Florida. Federal, state, and local elected officials, city and regional planners, and local advocates will find requirements for Greenway segment design and construction along with photographs and links to existing best-practice planning and design guidelines. The Guide explains allowable on-road facilities and offers a new section on potentially allowable on-road facilities. The Greenway Criteria and Design Guide concludes with a list of technical resources and a glossary of common terms and acronyms related to the Greenway.

https://www.greenway.org/uploads/attachments/cjyeh9nqe1de8alqii2jtj2mq-greenway-criteria-design-guide-interactive.pdf

 

Use this list as a reference for keeping your trail data organized and up to date. Add or remove sections based on your needs. Consider your team’s familiarity with different tools and the specific requirements of your trail management process when deciding on a solution. Always ensure that any chosen solution aligns with your organization’s data security and privacy policies.

Trail Data Standards and Checklist. PDF

Trail Amenities

Celebrate the Great Trails State

Did you know that 2023 is the Year of the Trail in North Carolina 2023 NC Year of the Trail celebrates North Carolina’s vast network of trails, greenways, and blueways which showcase our diverse landscapes – grand mountain vistas, quiet rivers, vibrant urban greenways, coastal forests, and the rolling hills of the piedmont. NC Year of the Trail is the largest statewide celebration of trails and outdoor recreation in North Carolina history. Scroll below to join the celebration by taking on our Trail Checklist challenge.

Learn more about Year of the Trail and check out the community tool kit at https://greattrailsnc.com/

ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based community science program for children in grades K-8. Developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in community science.

Funding Opportunities

Extreme Terrain's Clean Trail Grant Program

$250 Trail Improvement Project Grarnt

This program will provide eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their next trail improvement related project, which could range from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, to name a few. Click the logo to view the grant.

Trail Accelerator Grant

Do you have mountain bike trails? 

Are you ready to accelerate the pace of growth in the mountain biking community? 

Check out this grant from the International Mountain Bicicling Association.