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Georgia Awards Recreational Trails Program Grants

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded $2.1 million in Recreational Trails Program grants to 25 government agencies. The grants will assist with the construction and maintenance of trails and trailheads throughout the state. Four of the grants were awarded to projects for off-road cycling.


Project Name


Bibb County

Arrowhead Park – Phase II


City of Dalton

Mt. Rachel Multiuse Trail


Forsyth County

Charleston Park


Troup County

Pyne Road Park


Bibb County’s Arrowhead Park Multi-Use Trail: This is the second year in a row that the County has been selected to receive a grant for Arrowhead Park at Lake Tobesofkee. The County worked with SORBA’s Ocmulgee Mountain Biking Association (OMBA SORBA) to apply for the grant. The funds will be used to hire a contractor to build approximately 6 of the 10 miles of trail that are in the master plan for Arrowhead Park on Lake Tobosofkee in Macon, GA.  This new trail system will replace the trails destroyed by the Mother's Day Tornado in 2008.  OMBA has already built a two-mile section of trail, and Steele & Associates will start laying out their six-mile section in July. 

City of Dalton’s Mt. Rachel Multiuse Trail: This award will go to build five miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails in the City of Dalton. Northwest Georgia SORBA (NWGA SORBA) partnered with the City on the grant application.

Forsyth County, Charleston Park: The County’s park located on Lake Lanier will soon be home to a new six-mile mountain bike trail system. DNR’s grant will be used to build a trailhead with approximately 65 parking spaces. The Roswell/Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization chapter is an active partner with Forsyth County in realizing the mountain bike trail system on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Troup County, Pyne Road Park: The County was selected to receive a grant of $100,000 for the development of hiking, mountain-biking, and equestrian trails. Central Valley Area SORBA (CVA SORBA) supported the County’s grant application.

Funding for the Recreational Trails Program comes from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and was appropriated in the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The DNR administers the grant program under guidance of the FHWA. Each year, state, federal and local agencies are eligible to compete for these grants. Every recipient is required to match the grant by providing at least 20 percent of the cost of the project. IMBA-SORBA chapters are often active supporters and partners in the grant applications.