Uwharrie National Forest Considers Motorized Vehicles on Trails

Published Sep 10, 2014

The Appalachian Trail is a Foot Path. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail is a Foot Path. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a foot path for hikers. Motorized vehicles are prohibited from using the Appalachian Trail; however, not all federal trails forbid the use of off-road vehicles. This is of concern to individuals and agencies alike.

Officials from the Forest Service in North Carolina will host a workshop on September 18, 2014 to address the management of non-motorized and motorized recreation trails across the Uwharrie National Forest.

The meeting will be held 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Garner Center, 210 Burnette Street in Troy, North Carolina.

Representatives from a wide range of trail-user groups, individuals who represent local communities and ecotourism, or individuals not represented by larger user groups are invited to collaborate in the process, which is expected to take up to a year to complete.

The result will be recommendations for a comprehensive trail management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, along with a stronger community of volunteers to assist with these efforts.

The Forest Service initiated this process because use of forest trails in North Carolina is increasing every year. Resources used to maintain trails have been static or decreasing. The emphasis will be on high-quality experiences on sustainable trail systems. The trail strategy is the next step in implementing the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Uwharrie National Forest, which called for designated non-motorized and motorized trails.

With more than 120 miles of system trails, the Uwharrie National Forest encompasses 50,000-plus acres in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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