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The G5 Trail Collective is a 501-c3 non-profit initiative powered by Camp Grier in partnership with the USFS, the five counties that make up the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, local communities, and the recreational trail user groups.  The G5 Collective was conceived as a solution to the lack of funding for trail maintenance and trail development projects in the Grandfather District. The working group recognized that the district is a tremendous asset and could be a significant force to help build healthy and economically vibrant rural communities. Recent progress in state-sponsored trails like the Fonta Flora, Wilderness Gateway Trail, and the Overmountain Victory Trail make this a unique time to look at the Grandfather District trail systems and develop new connections from these state trails to federal public lands near rural communities.