It takes many friends, associates, and advocates to move a trail forward. We wanted to share a bit more about some of the groups we work closely with.

The Great Trails State Coalition is a broad-based group of diverse organizations, agencies and supporters advocating for increased state investment in all types of trails statewide – hiking, paddle, mountain bike, equestrian, paved.


The McDowell Trails Association‘s mission is to partner 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.

North Carolina Friends of State Parks serves the mission and the needs of the North Carolina State Park system as an independent, nonprofit advocate, provide support at a local level through NCFSP chapters, and act as a source of park information and environmental education to the general public.

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.