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The federal RTP legislation defines a recreational trail as: A thoroughfare or track across land or snow, used for recreational purposes including, but not limited to, such uses as bicycling, Nordic (cross-country) skiing, day hiking, equestrian activities, jogging or similar fitness activities, trail biking, overnight and long distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, dog sledding, running, snowmobiling, aquatic or water activity and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all terrain, off-road vehicles.

Diversify your project by combining eligible project categories:

• Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails;

• Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages;

• Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment;

• Construction of new recreational trails (with restrictions on new trails on federal land);

• Acquisition of easements or property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors;

• State administrative costs related to program administration (up to 7% of a state’s funds); and

• Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives related to the use of recreational trails (up to 5% of a state’s funds).

Links to the legislation for additional reference can be found at

Betsy Bowe is grants and regulatory affairs manager for Environmental Design Group Inc., Akron, Ohio. For questions or comments, contact Betsy at (330) 375-1390 or e-mail

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