Trail report completed, available for Nantahala, Pisgah National Forests

The Nantahala and Pisgah national forests have close to 1,600 miles of non-motorized trails. Millions of people visit the two national forests every year, the 2nd most visited national forests in the United States.

Since the start of 2012, trail enthusiasts and others with knowledge of non-motorized trails in North Carolina have been involved in providing input on the US Forest Service trail planning process.

This effort, referred to as the NC Non-motorized Trails Strategy, has given partners the opportunity to identify sustainable trail systems in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today unveiled the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Non-motorized Trail Strategy report. The report is available online at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nctrailstrategy.

During working meetings, collaborators shared the types of trail experiences they enjoy. They also looked at larger landscape and recreation issues to see how existing trails fit on national forest and non-forest lands. Partners explored connectivity of the national forest trail system with surrounding communities, county greenways, and other federal, state and local trail systems. Also, recommendations were provided on volunteer recruitment, training and project management.

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