Recreational Trails Program

**Pre-applications will be accepted from Sept. 1 - Nov. 17, 2019. Click here to submit a RTP Pre-application.**


The Recreational Trails Program is a federal grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered at the state level by the Georgia 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). Eligible applicants include qualified local governments, authorized commissions, and state and federal agencies. Nongovernmental entities with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status may apply for education funds only. 

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2019-2020 Funding Cycle Announcement

2019-2020 Funding Cycle Announcement

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 funding cycle for the Recreational Trails Program.

All eligible applicants must complete a pre-application online. Following the competitive pre-application phase, successful pre-applicants will be invited to complete a second-level application. Applicants may submit pre-applications for both the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program and Recreational Trails Program, but applications must be for separate projects. The Recreational Trails Program is a federal grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. RTP provides funding for trail construction, trail maintenance, and trail education. Eligible applicants include qualified local governments (as determined by the Department of Community Affairs), authorized commissions, and state and federal agencies. Nongovernmental entities with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status may apply for education funds only.

 Grant Cycle Timeline:

September 1, 2019 – Pre-application window opens

November 17, 2019 – Pre-application window closes

April 2020 – Successful pre-applicants notified

April 2020 – Second-level application window opens

May 31, 2020 – Second-level application period closes

Fall 2020 – Final Approval of Projects

RTP Funding for the 2019-2020 cycle:

  • Estimated total funds available: $3,000,000
  • There is no minimum grant amount.
  • For single use and diverse use trail grant applications, the maximum funding assistance is $200,000.
  • For motorized use trail grant applications, there is no maximum funding assistance limit.

Recreational Trail Program 2017–2018 Grant Recipients

  1. City of Dahlonega, Yahoola High Trestle Trail - $134,501.72
  2. Dougherty County, Radium Trailhead - $200,000
  3. City of Sasser, Sasser Trailhead - $100,000
  4. City of LaGrange, Thread-LaGrange College Connector - $200,000
  5. City of Rockmart, Church Street Trailhead - $95,500
  6. City of Hogansville, Hogansville Water Tower Trail Phase V- $200,000
  7. City of Jackson, Jackson Trail - $200,000
  8. City of Carrollton, Carrollton Greenbelt-Southside Spur - $200,000
  9. Harris County, Harris County Rails to Trails Project - $200,000
  10. USFS-Conasauga Ranger District-Motor, CRD Motor Trails Maintenance - $48,600
  11. USFS-Blue Ridge Ranger District, Blue Ridge Ranger District OHV Maintenance - $199,998
  12. Lanier County, Lanier County Parks and Recreation Nature Trail - $104,356
  13. Bremen City Schools District, Blue Devil Family Park Walking Trail - $200,000
  14. City of Smyrna, Mountain Bike Park at North Cooper Lake Park-Phase I - $200,000
  15. City of Milton, Trails at Providence Park- $200,000
  16. Whitfield County Board of Commissioners, Buzzards Roost/Grant Farm Mountain Bike Trail- $200,000
  17. UGA Research Foundation, Orange & White Trail Enhancement and Realignment @ State Botanical Garden- $155,220
  18. Wayne County, Jaycee Landing Trails-Phase I- $200,000


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.


Keith Owen, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association

Rick Moon, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association

Off-Road Vehicle Users

Kenneth Sutz, 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

Gwyneth Moody, Georgia River Network

Hiking, Jogging, Fitness (Pedestrian) Users

Greta DeMayo, Fulton County

Carlton E. Harris, Lumpkin County

O'Ree Crittenden, Muscogee County

Carolyn Hartfield, Hartfield's Hikers, OPALS (Older People with Active Lifestyles), Atlanta African American Adventures


The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, as posted by the state Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites

Contact Us

Lindsey Brown, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator

Telephone: (404) 463-1779



Liz Shue, Recreational Trails Program Grant Specialist

Telephone: (404) 463-1030




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