Recreational Trails Program

 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.

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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 Advisory Committee reviews them, the Director of Administrative Services for DNR reviews them and the Federal Highway Administration approves them.

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. Calhoun-Gordon County, Rivers to Ridge-Model Mile - $200,000
  5. City of LaGrange, Thread-LaGrange College Connector - $200,000
  6. City of Rockmart, Church Street Trailhead - $95,500
  7. City of Hogansville, Hogansville Water Tower Trail Phase V- $200,000
  8. City of Jackson, Jackson Trail - $200,000
  9. City of Carrollton, Carrollton Greenbelt-Southside Spur - $200,000
  10. Harris County, Harris County Rails to Trails Project - $200,000
  11. USFS-Conasauga Ranger District-Motor, CRD Motor Trails Maintenance - $48,600
  12. USFS-Blue Ridge Ranger District, Blue Ridge Ranger District OHV Maintenance - $199,998
  13. Lanier County, Lanier County Parks and Recreation Nature Trail - $104,356
  14. Bremen City Schools District, Blue Devil Family Park Walking Trail - $200,000
  15. City of Smyrna, Mountain Bike Park at North Cooper Lake Park-Phase I - $200,000
  16. City of Milton, Trails at Providence Park- $200,000
  17. Whitfield County Board of Commissioners, Buzzards Roost/Grant Farm Mountain Bike Trail- $200,000
  18. UGA Research Foundation, Orange & White Trail Enhancement and Realignment @ State Botanical Garden- $155,220
  19. 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

Second Position Vacant

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


Jodie Gardner, Program Manager

Telephone: (404) 463-1779



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