Regional Trails Specialists

The Regional Trails Specialists at the North Carolina Trails Program work to support and promote all types of trails across North Carolina. They directly support the state parks system through trail assessment, planning, design and corridor flagging for new trail, as well as trail renovation projects at the parks. The specialists also provide training and education to park staff on sustainable trail construction and maintenance techniques.

The Regional Trails Specialists work on trails system outside of state parks, too. They are involved in the planning and promotion of all trail and greenway projects across North Carolina, providing technical expertise to state and federal agencies, local governments, private stakeholders, landowners and trail user groups. Each trails specialist is responsible for one of the three geographical regions: Mountain, Piedmont and Coastal.

Find Your Trails Specialist

Use the map and hover over the county to see the corresponding Trails Specialists and their email address. Click on the county to send the Regional Trails Specialist an email. The full contact information for all three Regional Trails Specialists are listed in the table.

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Contact Information 

Mountain Region Amanda Smithson
amanda.smithson@ncparks.gov
office: 828-963-9522 ext. 202
mobile: 828-713-5487

Grandfather Mountain State Park
9872 N.C. 105 S.
Suite 6
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Piedmont Region Ben Rippe
ben.rippe@ncparks.gov
office: 919-707-9367
mobile: 919-353-2695

Nature Research Center
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Coastal Region Bob Taber
robert.taber@ncparks.gov
mobile: 919-600-0094

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
240 Park Entrance Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578