Piedmont Legacy Trails

In a recent PLT meeting, the PLT team recognized and promoted the NC Trail Days event. In continuation of the growing partnership between the EVTA and PLT, we are featuring them on our website, and would like to make note that they will be in the Exhibitor Village at NC Trail Days 2019!

Below is an informational PR piece provided by the PLT team for us to share to our audience to help foster growth and blend the audience of both groups for the benefit of our beautiful region!

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Piedmont Legacy Trails (PLT) is an ongoing project that promotes trails and connectivity to help brand the Piedmont Triad as a trails destination. Piedmont Legacy Trails provides technical assistance, education, and resource support for trail projects in the Piedmont Triad region. The Piedmont Land Conservancy and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council along with representatives from regional counties collaborated to establish Piedmont Legacy Trails in 2016.

Piedmont Legacy Trails hosts a yearly trails summit in the spring that offers informative presentations relating to regional trail collaboration, urban and rural trail planning, trail funding, and more. The summit also offers the opportunity to connect trail supporters, community members, elected officials and professional planners from all areas of the region. The goal of the summit is to energize these people to support and bring trails to their own communities to provide economic, health, and environmental benefits.

Another Piedmont Legacy Trails initiative is installing signs with the PLT logo on trails all over the region so people who use them can identify PLT as a regional trails network. Blue ways are also included as part of PLT. The vision of PLT is to promote trail connectivity across the entire Piedmont Triad region, providing free outdoor recreation as well as alternative sustainable ways of travel.

PLT includes 12 counties: Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell, Yadkin, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Davie, Davidson, Randolph, and Montgomery. PLC has secured Resolutions of Support from most of the counties and a number of municipalities, as well as MPOs and RPOs in the area. Currently, 9 out the 12 counties have signed resolutions of support for PLT (Alamance, Caswell, and Stokes are not yet included). One of PLT’s goals is to have a resolution of support signed by every county, municipality, and planning organization in the Piedmont Triad within the next few years.

Over the next several years, PLT will start to facilitate the establishment of county-based trail committees and county-based trail plans, as well as continue to promote trails through a variety of storytelling methods, including social media, the PLT website, video and newsletters to continue to help build community support for trail projects.

Please visit www.piedmonttrails.org to learn more and view an online interactive map of existing trails in the region that can be used to find trails to enjoy near you.

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