Recreational Trails Program

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a competitive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail projects throughout New Hampshire. Limited grants are available for motorized, non-motorized and diversified trails. Eligible projects include maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages. Applicants may be non-profit organizations, private groups or government entities.

Funding for the Recreational Trail Program is generated from federal gas tax dollars paid on fuel purchases for off-highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles. These funds are appropriated to the states by the Federal Highway Administration as authorized through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The program in New Hampshire is administered by the Bureau of Trails.

The NH RTP application for federal fiscal year 2020 is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2020 for federal fiscal year 2021 application. Workshops will be available in spring to coincide when applications are open. Dates, times and locations of workshops will be posted to this website.

Forms

RTP Project Administrator's Authorization  
RTP Landowner Project Permission Form  
RTP Billing Form  
RTP Match Form  
RTP Volunteer Match Labor Form  
RTP Progress Report Form  
RTP Annual Equipment Report Form  
Division of Historical Resources request for project review form

Guidelines

RTP Information Presentation (12 MB)  
NH RTP Guidelines  
RTP Selection Committee Scoring Guidelines 
Best Management Practices for Erosion Control During Trail Maintenance and Construction  
How to Request a Certificate of Good Standing 
Buy America FHWA Guide  
USDA Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails
USDA Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG) Pocket Version
Citizens Guide to section 106 review

Awards

2014 NH RTP Projects  
2015 NH RTP Projects  
2017 NH RTP Projects  
2018 NH RTP Projects
2019 NH RTP Projects
Click here for a map of past RTP projects!

Links

FEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates
Natural Heritage Bureau Datacheck
NH Dept of Environmental Services, Wetlands Bureau
American Trails
Federal Highway Recreational Trails Program
Recreational Trails Program Database
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
NH GRANIT
My Topo: a free online topographic map service 
Everything You Wanted to Know about DES Trail Permits Presentation  
Buy America Field Compliance 
How to set up Direct Deposit
NH Division of Historical Resources Request for Project review

Contact Information

For more information about the Recreational Trails Program contact: 

Alexis Rudko
Alexis.Rudko@dncr.nh.gov
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3254
Fax: (603) 271-3553