Recreational Trails Program

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Welcome to Georgia Trails and Greenways! Our office coordinates Georgia’s Recreational Trails Program (referred to frequently as “RTP”), which provides funding for trail construction, trail maintenance and trail education. The Recreational Trails Program awards grants to city governments, county governments, federal agencies, authorized commissions, as well as state agencies.

Recreational Trails Program Overview

The RTP is a grant program. The United States Congress appropriates funding for the Program, and the Federal Highway Administration manages the Program, but it is administered at the state level. In Georgia, administration is handled by staff of the Department of Natural Resources. The purpose of the RTP is to provide and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities identified in, or that further a specific goal of, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Grants are generally awarded on an annual basis after the following process is complete: applicants submit their applications, Program staff rank the applications, the Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee reviews them, the Director of Administrative Services for DNR reviews them, and the Federal Highway Administration approves them.

Advisory Committee

A committee of individuals interested in Georgia trails advises Program staff on policy issues and potential grant awards. The committee meets at least once a year. Meetings are open to the public, and reports of the minutes are available from Program staff. The current members of the committee are listed below.


Nancy Lovingood, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club
Carolyn Hartfield, Hartfield's Hikers, OPALS - Older People with Active Lifestyles, Atlanta African American Adventures


Keith Owen, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association
Rick Moon, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association

Off-Road Vehicle Users

Dave Logan, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association
Bruce Dreher, Georgia Recreational Trail Riders Association


Randy Brown, Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia
Debbie Crowe, Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association

Water Trail Users

Dan MacIntyre, Georgia Canoe Association

Greenways Users

Greta DeMayo, Fulton County
Carlton E. Harris, Lumpkin County
O'Ree Crittenden, Muscogee County

Grant Application

The grant package includes general program information, the application, funding cycle timelines and related forms. You can access the Program Manual, listed under "Attachments" on the right-hand side of this page. This section will be updated with relevant information prior to the next RTP grant cycle.

Grant Cycle Timeline

October 13, 2015
DNR releases RTP Program Applications and Procedures Manual and publicizes the grant program.

December 18, 2015
Deadline for submitting applications (postmarked by this date).

January 2016
DNR reviews applications for completeness, scores applications, coordinates application ranking with Division staff, develops ranking and recommendations.

March 2016
DNR presents proposed project selections to Advisory Committee and DNR Board.

April 2016
DNR notifies all applicants of selection results.

May 2016
DNR coordinates with selected applicants to address all applicable environmental compliance issues.

June 2016
DNR submits projects to FHWA for review and approval.

September 2016
FHWA approves projects; DNR notifies grantees.

October 2016
DNR submits Project Agreement to each grantee for execution.

November 2016
Grantees sign and return Project Agreements to DNR.

December 2016
DNR returns fully executed Project Agreements to grantees and WORK BEGINS.


Pogo Info

Walt Kelly’s famous cartoon possum has served (with permission) as the ambassador for Georgia Trails and Greenways since 1993.

Contact Us

RTP Staff

Jodie Gardner, Program Manager
Telephone: (404) 463-1779

Audrey Camp, Outreach Coordinator
Telephone: (404) 463-1030

Mail: Recreational Trails Program
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Suite 1370 East
Atlanta, GA 30334