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The Seaboard Coast Line crosses Old Vander Road near Vander, N.C.

Project Information

BlueCross BlueShield Foundation of North Carolina, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Kelly Pack
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
National Office


Atlantic-Seaboard Coast Line
Years: 2007 to 2009

Sampson and Pender Counties, N.C.

Prepared for
Sampson County

Sampson County Department of Parks and Recreation; West Pender Rail-Trail Alliance

Project Description
The Seaboard Coast Line is an unused railroad corridor from Fayetteville to Wilmington with the potential to become a multi-use trail extending over 80 miles. Support from the BlueCross BlueShield Foundation of North Carolina, allowed Sampson County to engage Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and conduct a corridor assessment in the county. With additional support through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, RTC staff extended the scope of the project by supporting the formation of a local working group to sustain trail development and completing a corridor assessment and vision for the Pender County segment of corridor.

Project Deliverables
Atlantic-Seaboard Coast Line (ASCL) Trail Concept Plan
Download a copy of the entire plan (9 MB)

Download sections of the plan
Full report narrative (1.6 MB) includes:
I. Introduction
II. Trail Benefits
III. Rail-Trails in the Southeast: Precedence for Success
IV. Atlantic-Seaboard Coast Line Corridor Assessment
V. Atlantic-Seaboard Coast Line Rail-Trail Vision
VI. Conclusion

Appendices (downloadable as separate documents)
Appendix A (1.25 MB)—Maps: Sampson and Pender Counties, Property Ownership Maps and Database
Appendix B —West Pender Rail-Trail Alliance Community Feedback Report
Appendix C —Legal Principles Affecting the Ownership of Rail-Trails and the Liabilty of Trail Managers in North Carolina
Appendix D —Funding for Rail-Trail Development in North Carolina
Appendix E —Non-Governmental Trial Maintenance and Management Moseld
Appendix F —Letters and Resolutions of Support for rail-trail development
Appendix G (8.64 MB)—West Pender Rail-Trail Field Report, Prepared by Pender County Planning Department

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