The following applied for designation as a North Carolina State Trail section and were approved in 2021.
East Coast Greenway applicants
The East Coast Greenway connects 15 states and 450 cities and towns for 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. The East Coast Greenway State Trail, authorized in 2021, includes both the spine and complementary route of off-road trail in North Carolina. This state trail is planned to be 795 miles long.
Fonta Flora Applicants
The Fonta Flora State Trail, authorized in 2015, will connect Morganton to Asheville and circle Lake James. This state trail is planned to be 100 miles long.
The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, North Carolina's first state trail, stretches from Clingman's Dome on the Tennessee border to Jockey's Ridge State Park at the Atlantic Ocean. When completely constructed, this trail will be 1,400 miles long.
Hanging Rock State Park has applied for state trail designation for parts of Tory's Den Trail, Moore's Wall Loop Trail, and Indian Creek Trail. Together, these segments are 7.5 miles long. Hiking use is permitted on all of the trails; equestrian use is also permitted on Tory's Den Trail.
The Town of Elkin has applied for state trail designation for three trails that go through downtown Elkin: the Elkin-Alleghany Rail Trail, the Rustic Trail, and the Municipal-to-Rail Trail. Together, these segments total 2.4 miles. Hiking and biking are the permitted uses on these trails.
Surry County has applied for state trail designation for two trails near Burch Station. Together, the segments total 0.75 mile. Hiking and biking are the permitted uses on these trails