The Southeast Foot Trails Coalition seeks to promote and protect the long distance foot trails of the Southeast and connecting trails and their natural trail corridors by building a regional trail system and an active network of hiking organizations.

The goals of the coalition are:

  • To promote a regional network of long-distance hiking trails by communicating our vision broadly throughout the Southeast, as well as nationwide.
  • To build and strengthen relationships between the organizations and individuals who are building and maintaining our network of foot trails.
  • To protect natural trail corridors by jointly raising the visibility of the value and importance of hiking trails to the public, affected trail communities, and our elected officials and other relevant decision makers, by jointly supporting efforts that impact our network.
  • To build hiking trails in the Southeast. We will cooperate on projects that link our trails and further our vision. We will help each other through information sharing and sweat equity.

The coalition is strictly a cooperative arrangement between the participating member organizations. It is not a separate organization.

Current information about the coalition's activities and events can be found at the SEFTC website.

The coalition includes the following member organizations:

Tennessee Trails Association Cumberland Trail Conference
Alabama Hiking Trail Society Alabama Trails Association
ALDHA Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Benton MacKaye Trail Association Chattanooga Hiking Club
Cherokee Hiking Club Florida Trail Association
Fontana Hiking Club Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail
Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (ATC) Georgia Bartram Trail Group
Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association KEMO Trails Group
Kentucky Trails Association Nantahala Hiking Club
North Carolina Bartram Trail Society Palmetto Conservation Foundation-Palmetto Trails
Pine Mountain Trail Conference Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (ATC)
Rivanna Trails Foundation Smoky Mountain Hiking Club
Trail of Legends Association Virginia Creeper Trail Club
The coalition was the outgrowth of a cooperative initiative between the American Hiking Society and the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.


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