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$4 Million in Trail Grants Awarded for Recreation in Georgia

Georgia Hiking Trails

USFS Blue Ridge Ranger District OHV awarded $199,998 for Maintenance

Georgia Hiking Trails
Georgia Hiking Trails

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the award of 19 new grant recipients totaling $3.2 million for trails around the state. The selected projects will provide new outdoor recreation opportunities for a variety of trail user groups. A total of 51 eligible applications requesting approximately $8 million were received from state, federal, and local governments during this grant cycle. “The Recreational Trails Program provides residents and visitors all across Georgia more opportunities to explore our state’s unique and diverse natural beauty,” said DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “These new grants will give our local cities and counties greater access to construct and maintain a multitude of trails for various purposes. The DNR remains committed to preserving Georgia’s natural resources and expanding the opportunity for Georgia’s citizens and tourists to access and explore them, and we look forward to hearing the success stories from our new grant recipients.” DNR administers the Recreational Trails Program locally under the guidance of the Federal Highway Administration. Funding for the program is appropriated by Congress in national highway legislation. Each grant cycle, the DNR offers awards through a competitive grant program. Agencies of state, federal, local government, and authorized commissions are eligible to compete. Every recipient is required to match the grant by providing at least 20 percent of the cost of the project. The Recreational Trails Program funds hiking, biking, and horseback trails, in addition to canoe and kayak launches for water trail access. Funding is also available for trails that accommodate motorcycles, allterrain vehicles and off-road light trucks.

Congratulations to these new 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-CRD-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