Survey Instructions

The Great Trails State Implementation Report can be used by stakeholders and communities to move these projects forward into further design and funding. The report serves to elevate these projects within their respective communities and to potential funders. This survey will help gather local input and inform these projects. Each of the 10 identfied projects has its own survey page. Please click on the project that you wish to take the survey for. You may take multiple surveys if you wish.

Priority Projects for Equity
The Report identifies six projects that are priorities due to their high potential for equity benefits. The diagram to the right shows the process used to determine these priorities. The NCDOT Transportation Disadvantage Index was used to develop the project list. 

Swannanoa River Greenway Connection

Spencer/East Spencer Trail 

Franklinton to Louisburg Rail-Trail

Fayetteville Center City Connection (North)

Fayetteville Center City Connection (South)  

New Bern Downtown Parks Link

Priority Projects for Natural Surface Trail Connections
The Report identifies four priority projects that focus on areas that support both the Great Trails State Plan and trails designated within the NC State Trails system. These projects have been selected based on ease of implementation, readiness, and with a focus on rural areas that have fewer resources to plan or fund trails. 

The following criteria guided trail segment selection for connections to natural surface trails: 

• Proposed trail segment should be part of the GTS Plan and support both walking and biking 

• Proposed trail segment should either connect to or overlap with the designated State Trail System 

• Proposed trail segment should have potential to stimulate the economy of rural communities, serving non-metropolitan area, with a preference for smaller communities under a 40,000 population threshold 

• Trail segments of 5-to-8 mile length are preferred as they are more easily implementable 

• Preference for trail segments that could serve gateway communities connecting to other trail systems, public land, and recreation hubs

• Priority for trails that have multiple project partners and/or multiple plans that envision the project

• Priority for proposed trails that already connect to existing segments of the GTS Plan or State Trails

Fonta Flora State Trail in Black Mountain 

Wilderness Gateway State Trail in Hickory

Deep River State Trail in Randleman 

Deep River State Trail in Moncure