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  2015 Recreational Trails Program

Recreational Trails Program


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.

Although we are housed within the state Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, the Recreational Trails Program awards grants to city governments, county governments, federal agencies, authorized commissions, as well as state agencies.

Click on a topic below for more information.

Recreational Trails Program Overview
Advisory Committee
Grant Application
Trail Education
Pogo Info
Contact Us

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, Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites.

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 the Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites reviews them, and the Federal Highway Administration approves them.

You can see how Georgia’s funding level compares to that of other states by going to

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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. You can contact them by way of the Program staff, whose contact information is here.

Nancy Lovingood - Georgia Appalachian Trail Club
Second position vacant

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

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

Dan MacIntyre - Georgia Canoe Association

Greta DeMayo - Fulton County
Carlton E. Harris - Lumpkin County
Third position vacant

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Grant Application

The grant package includes general program information, the application, funding cycle timelines and related forms. You can access the 2014 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.

Trail Education

The RTP legislation permits Georgia to use five percent of its RTP funds for educational efforts. Please check back for information concerning Trails Education courses offered in Georgia.

This Program has also funded trail signs, maps and other efforts. If you have an idea for statewide efforts to educate interested persons about trail design, construction, or maintenance, please call program staff at 770-389-7274. Recipients of funding for educational projects must be governmental entities: city governments, county governments, federal agencies, authorized commissions, or state agencies.

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Links ~~ The Federal Highway Administration’s website for the Recreational Trails Program. This site includes information on how the Program is financed and whom to contact at the federal level and in other states. ~~ These are the state regulations governing the grant program, posted on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. ~~ This is the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, as posted by the state Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites.

Pogo Info

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

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Contact Us:

To contact RTP staff:
Telephone: 770-389-7274
Fax: 770-389-7272
Mail: Recreational Trails Program
Division of State Parks
2600 Hwy. 155 Stockbridge, GA 30281

To contact the State Division of
Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites:

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Telephone: 770-389-7270 (Mon– Fri, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Fax: 770-389-7402
E-mail: Go to and click on “Contact Us”
Mail: Division of State Parks & Historic Sites
2600 Hwy. 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281

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