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Members & Partners

Uwharrie National Trail | Randolph County

Meet the Members of the
Great Trails State Coalition

We are proud of our wide range of members all standing behind a platform for trails in North Carolina. The Coalition has 52 total members: 30 non-profit partners, 15 business partners, 3 government partners, and 5 advisors. 

Non-Profit Partners of the Great Trails State Coalition

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the growing community of members and volunteers who support the trail, an official unit of the North Carolina State Park System. We work statewide building and maintaining trail, encouraging communities to create new sections of trail, and helping people hike it.

East Coast Greenway Alliance

The East Coast Greenway connects 15 states and 450 cities and towns for 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. We are fostering a safe walking and biking route through the country’s most populated corridor.

The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund, working with public, private and nonprofit partners, protects America’s legacy of land and water resources through land acquisition, sustainable community and economic development, and leadership training, emphasizing the integration of economic and environmental goals.

Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of connected greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.9 million people. There are over 300 miles of trails and 170 miles of blueway open to the public – linking people to places, and communities to each other. 

Piedmont Legacy Trails

Piedmont Legacy Trails is the trails collective in the Piedmont Triad whose primary goal is to highlight our natural places, connect trail efforts, and give voice to regional trail interests for the the benefit of our communities.

NC Horse Council

North Carolina Horse Council serves as the voice of the North Carolina Equine Community through education, communication, and representation.

Rails to Trails Conservancy

At Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), we believe that communities are healthier and happier when trail networks are central to their design. Since 1986, RTC has worked to bring the power of trails to more communities across the country, serving as the national voice for the rail-trail movement.

Conserving Carolina

Conserving Carolina’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of our natural world. We serve part of Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

AARP of North Carolina

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. At its heart, the work that AARP and its affiliates do can be summed up in just 12 words: “We fight for and equip each individual to live their best life.” It’s all about real possibilities.

Blue Ridge Conservancy

Blue Ridge Conservancy partners with landowners and local communities to permanently protect natural resources with agricultural, cultural, recreational, ecological, and scenic value in northwest North Carolina. Part of our mission is to expand public access and recreational opportunities.

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Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail

The mission of F3ST is to bring together communities and volunteers to build, maintain, and promote the Fonta Flora State Trail connecting Buncombe, McDowell, and Burke counties for the enjoyment and education of people.

Foothills Conservancy

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina inspires conservation in Western North Carolina by permanently protecting land and water for the benefit of people and all living things. Foothills Conservancy serves eight counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell and Rutherford.   

Elkin Valley Trails Association

The mission of the non-profit Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) is to enrich the quality of life in the region by building and promoting a network of multiuse trails. While observing and promoting leave no trace principles, Elkin’s hiking, biking, running, paddling, and equestrian trails promote a healthy lifestyle, provide educational and economic opportunities, preserve our history, and allow for organized events.

Conservation Corps North Carolina

Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is a program of Conservation Legacy that partners with Conservation Trust for North CarolinaAppalachian Conservation Corps and public land managers in North Carolina. CCNC engages motivated young adults, ages 16-27, to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region.

Carolinas Concrete Paving Association

Founded in 1963, The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) is the world’s largest trade association that exclusively represents the interests of those involved with the design, construction, and preservation of concrete pavements.

Friends of the Lower Haw River State Natural Area

Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area is an all-volunteer group dedicated to supporting the Lower Haw River State Natural Area in Chatham County, NC.

Dan River Basin Association

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) protects and promotes the Dan River Basin through recreation, education and stewardship.

Alleghany Sparta Trail Association, Inc

The Alleghany Sparta Trail Association endeavors to provide pathways for outdoor recreation that promote healthy lifestyles, connect enthusiasts with nature and contribute to the economic vitality of our local community. 

Triangle Trails

Triangle Trails is a newly launched collaboration between government, business, anchor institutions and civic leaders to make the Research Triangle Region a national leader in greenways and trails.


BikeWalk NC is the statewide advocacy organization for bicyclists and pedestrians. We work through education, advocacy and promotion to make it safer and more accessible to walk and bike for transportation, recreation, and health. Walkable, bicycle-friendly communities are more equitable and economically vibrant.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

In support of the Blue Ridge Parkway, we create a spirit of stewardship to address the challenges faced by this national treasure. With your help, we ensure cultural and historical preservation, natural resource protection, and educational outreach now and for future generations.

Conservation Trust for North Carolina

CTNC conserves land in ways that inspire and enable people to build resilient, just communities. 

Yadkin Riverkeeper

Yadkin Riverkeeper is a nonprofit, membership organization whose mission is to protect and enhance the Yadkin Pee Dee River basin through education, advocacy and action. 

Friends of the Valdese Rec

Friends of the Valdese Rec is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, that supports the Valdese Parks and Recreation Department with volunteer hours and fundraising for the betterment of the Department, while at the same time benefiting the town, the citizens and the environment.

McDowell Trails Association

McDowell Trails Association partners with local governments, agencies, clubs and associations in order to create greenways, blueways and non-motorized trails that will promote health, recreational and economic opportunities for residents and visitors in McDowell County.

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Burke River Trail Association

The Burke River Trail Association, a non-profit corporation, supports the planning, development and building of the Burke River Trail, which will generate economic activity, provide bike and pedestrian transportation, and improve citizen health in Burke County.

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Connect Buncombe

Connect Buncombe is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supporting the growth of greenways in Buncombe County. Through advocacy, awareness campaigns, volunteer events, strategic partnerships, and direct funding, Connect Buncombe works to ensure Buncombe County meets its greenway-related goals as outlined in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. 


RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed. RiverLink accomplishes its mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment, empowering over 1,000 volunteers each year, and annually educating over 3,000 students.

Made By Mountains

The Western North Carolina Made By Mountains program is all about telling the story of how the people, companies, and communities that make this such an extraordinary outdoor mecca have all been shaped by the mountains we call home.

The mission of Friends of Panthertown is to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve Panthertown as a backcountry natural resource and to enable sustainable recreation.


Since 2005, Friends of Panthertown has trained and coordinated hundreds of volunteers, and raised funds for trail maintenance and much needed conservation projects in Panthertown Valley. They encourage environmental stewardship, volunteerism, and create public awareness of issues concerning Panthertown.

Business Partners of the Great Trails State Coalition


McAdams a collective group of civil engineers, landscape architects, planners, scientists and surveyors that collaborate to approach projects with the goal to create a meaningful experience for both our clients and the end-users that will explore the places we help create. 


PermaTrak North America is a premier provider of environmentally-friendly precast concrete boardwalk and elevated greenway solutions.

Three Oaks Engineering

Three Oaks Engineering is a woman-owned business focused on helping our clients accomplish infrastructure projects with careful consideration of community and environmental needs.

Fred Smith Company

Fred Smith Company strives to exceed customer expectations in every detail–from asphalt mix quality to superior sitework services. We manage projects from pre-construction through completion with a level of service no competitor can beat.

Backwoods Bridges

We are a custom timber construction company offering a wide range of structures for your project or property.

In addition to bridges, we also construct on-grade boardwalks, bulkheads, retaining walls, docks, decks and piers, pavilions, trellises, pergolas and timber fencing.


Serving a broad range of markets, Benesch has played a role in shaping our nation’s infrastructure and local communities for decades. We are client-focused – dedicated to providing responsive service and recruiting the very best talent to deliver project success.

Land Design

We’re a collection of visionaries and problem solvers who believe in the power of balance, combining creativity and practicality to design what we know will thrive.

ColeJenest & Stone

ColeJenest & Stone is a landscape architecture and civil engineering firm that creates beautiful and useful spaces in North Carolina and beyond.


Alta Planning + Design 

specializes in the planning, design, engineering, and implementation of bicycle, pedestrian, park, and trail facilities and systems.

Destination by Design

We help communities plan, design, and promote vibrant Main Streets, destination-quality trails, recreation areas, and tourism products. By engaging residents and local leaders through compelling storytelling, collecting their best ideas, and building genuine consensus, we create places with purpose.

Smart Moves Consulting

Smart Moves Consulting provides solutions based consulting services, such as planning, developing funding strategies, project implementation, and meeting facilitation.

Traffic Planning and Design

We exist to improve the quality of life for the public, and are dedicated to Moving Forward Together® with clients and community partners; we continue to realize this mission and our goals by providing tailored, sustainable project solutions, leveraging our diverse backgrounds and experiences.


Stewart is a design, engineering, and planning firm with offices in the Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, and Wilmington markets of North Carolina and Columbia, SC. 

Toole Design

Toole Design is committed to designing and building spaces where people can move freely and intuitively, enjoying the experience and becoming a part of the community instead of just moving through it. 


WithersRavenel is a multidisciplinary firm creating inspiring places

one person, one project, and one community at a time.

As a 100% employee-owned company, we give, grow, and create together.

Government Partners of the Great Trails State Coalition

Randolph County

Gently rolling hills, river valleys, and forest land characterize Randolph County’s 790 square miles. It is the 11th largest county in North Carolina and has the 19th highest population in the state.

Surry County

Surry County was formed in 1771. We are located in the north central section of the state and bounded by the state of Virginia and Stokes, Yadkin, Wilkes and Alleghany counties.

Davidson County Tourism Recreation Investment Partnership​

TRIP is a non-profit foundation facilitating community efforts toward the implementation of the Davidson County Parks and Recreation and Tourism Master Plan.

Advisors of the Great Trails State Coalition

NC State Parks

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation and education.

NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources oversees the state’s resources for the arts, history, libraries and nature.

Visit North Carolina

North Carolina’s official travel-planning destination. 

NC Department of Transportation

Connecting people, products and places safely and efficiently with customer focus, accountability and environmental sensitivity to enhance the economy and vitality of North Carolina

NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

North Carolina’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office works to grow and support the outdoor recreation economy at the state level as part of Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

Read more about the Coalition

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