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OUR STORY

The G5 Trail Collective is a 501-c3 non-profit initiative powered by Camp Grier in partnership with the USFS, local communities, and recreational trail user groups.  The G5 Collective was conceived in the town of Old Fort 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 driving force to help build healthy and economically vibrant rural communities. In 2019, G5 launched a pilot trail project in Old Fort, raised more than $200,000 for planning design, and permitting and watched the concept grow into a proposed 42-mile trail expansion on USFS lands surrounding the town that is poised to break ground soon.

Today, the G5 Collective and it's partners Eagle Market Street Development Corporation, People on the Move Old Fort, and the USFS have raised approximately $1.5 million to fund Phase I of trail and parking lot development which will include 6 miles of multi-use trails and approximately 100 parking spaces. Concurrently, EMSDC has purchased a building in downtown Old Fort to serve as a business incubation hub for local entrepreneurs.  This will further the goal of developing outdoor recreation resources alongside commercial and residential spaces to build a healthier and more resilient community in Old Fort.