These are our trails. This is our year.

DISCOVER THE GREAT TRAILS STATE

IN NORTH CAROLINA, THERE IS A TRAIL FOR EVERYONE, PLACES OF REFUGE AND RECREATION, CONNECTING US TO THE VERY ESSENCE OF THIS STATE.

Walk

NORTH CAROLINA IS FULL OF AMAZING PLACES TO SOAK UP THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

PEDAL

FROM MOUNTAINS TO SEA, YOU’LL FIND
ROADS AND TRAILS READY TO BE EXPLORED.

PADDLE

DISCOVER NORTH CAROLINA’S
BLUEWAYS AND SCENIC WATERWAYS.

RIDE

SADDLE UP FOR A RIDE
THROUGH NORTH CAROLINA.

NORTH CAROLINA IS THE GREAT TRAILS STATE

In North Carolina, there is a trail for each of us. An open invitation for bikers, hikers, paddlers, and riders. For amblers, explorers, and commuters. These paths are a place of refuge and recreation, connecting us to the very essence of this state. To its storied, winding history. And—with our active use and care—to its future. Because we blaze and sustain trails together: those born and bred here, and those beckoned by its promise as the Great Trail State. Along these trails, we lead and we follow. We march on our own and we build community. We find new purpose, generation after generation. Because North Carolina’s trails are for all of us. To enjoy, to sustain, and to champion. This is our year. The Year of the Trail.

We need trails. To move, to play, to discover.

  • It’s Year of the Trail in North Carolina – So what?

    It’s Year of the Trail in North Carolina – So what?

    In North Carolina we are the product of our environment. The people who can greet a sea breeze in the morning and tuck into a mountain chill at night. Who sprout from land that rolls across the hills of the piedmont. Who shape cities that hustle and bustle beside glistening rivers. Across this vibrant stretch […]

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  • Winter Hiking – We’re In it for the Views

    Winter Hiking – We’re In it for the Views

    No matter if you make it to the western part of the state for a mountainous excursion or across town to a nearby trail or greenway, it’s worth it to make it outside in the winter and appreciate the beauty that the seasons bring North Carolina.

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  • Kicking Year of the Trail off with First Day Outdoors!

    Kicking Year of the Trail off with First Day Outdoors!

    2023 is Year of the Trail in the Great Trails State, and it’s almost 2023. Have you started planning what you will do on your “first day outdoors”? January 1st is the start of a new year and Year of the Trail here in North Carolina. While it’s easy to quickly assume that it’s going […]

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  • The Great Trails State

    The Great Trails State

    2023 is Year of the Trail in the Great Trails State, but how did we settle on North Carolina as “The Great Trails State” anyways? As with most anything, there is a bit of historical significance behind it all. Let’s take a quick look at a few things that explain how we got here. From […]

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  • 2023 is NC Year of the Trail!

    2023 is NC Year of the Trail!

    What Exactly is Year of the Trail, Anyway? 2023 is the Year of the Trail here in North Carolina, the Great Trails State. If you’re reading this, then you likely think that trails are great and, it’s indeed a catchy slogan but, there’s a lot more to it than just that. People have long noticed […]

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