North Carolina Rail-Trails, Inc.

NCRT monitors the state's rail system, actively pursues corridor preservation, retrieval and conversion to public trails. NCRT fosters local leadership and currently supports local rail-trail initiatives throughout the state. NCRT provides coordination between local, state and federal agencies, allied state and national organizations, and project funding sources. A primary instrument in this networking is the NCRT newsletter, which has been published quarterly since 1989.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly throughout the state at project locations. The members of the Board represent bicycling, hiking, equestrian, historic, conservation, preservation and economic development interests. In July 2010, Carrie Banks joined NCRT as it's first Executive Director. Carrie is the first staff person for NCRT, founded in 1989, and prior to her hiring NCRT was an all-volunteer organization.

Primary Objectives

  1. Establish regional demonstration rail-trails of state significance.
  2. Obtain favorable rail corridor preservation and interim trail legislation.
  3. Assist multiple local rail-trail corridor initiatives throughout North Carolina.
  4. Foster a statewide network of non-motorized commuting and recreation trails.

Bailey & Dixon assisted in forming the NC Rail-Trails Plenary Committee, which during 1994-95 conducted an intensive study of state legal and administrative hurdles that inhibit rail corridor preservation. More than 25 railroad executives, private and public attorneys, deputy state secretaries, state administrators and departmental policy advisors participated in the review.

Contact North Carolina Rail-Trails, Inc.

Carrie Banks
Executive Director
PO Box 28
Carrboro, North Carolina  27510
Phone: 919-428-7119


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • North Carolina

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