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Public Input Sought On Greenway Projects Including Trail In Catawba County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking public input on plans to build and extend several proposed trail and greenway projects throughout the state. A Catawba County trail is among those projects.

The Great Trails State Implementation Report was prepared in coordination with the Integrated Mobility Division (IMD), stakeholders, and partners across North Carolina to identify priority pedestrian and bicycle natural surface trail and paved greenway projects and action steps to move them forward. The report highlights ten priority projects that have some of the greatest impact and are most ready for implementation.

Members of the public located in counties of the proposed projects can provide feedback through a survey that started earlier this month. The Catawba County project is Wilderness Gateway State Trail in Hickory. This section of the trail connects the more urban areas of Hickory along the Henry Fork River to Newton. It connects to important properties owned by the Hickory and Foothills Conservancy that will eventually become publicly accessible for trails and river access, becoming key destinations along the trail.

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Participants can go to a specific project survey or visit the main survey page and view all the projects and select the one they want to fill out. The Great Trails State Implementation Report builds on information in the Great Trails State Plan which shows proposed trail connections in all 100 counties of N.C.

Projects chosen for their equity benefits seek to improve connectivity in areas of transportation disadvantage, such as communities with a high concentration of zero-vehicle ownership, lower income levels, and minority populations. Other projects explore areas in rural communities where there are ongoing efforts to connect proposed projects with other trails or public lands, where there is a high level of partner investment, and where economic benefit is high.

Results of the survey will inform stakeholders what the public would like to see in the projects and help provide more justification for local support and need for the identified projects. To learn more about IMD, its projects and safety initiatives, visit and follow Integrated Mobility on Twitter/X @NCDOT_IMD and LinkedIn at NCDOT Integrated Mobility Division.