Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

​The 2024 Grant Application Cycle Opens April 1, 2024 and Closes May 15, 2024

FFY 2024 Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration Grant Awards

The RTP provides Federal funds to States t​o develop and maintain land and water-based recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.  Some of these uses include pedestrian (hiking, running, wheelchair, snowshoeing), road/mountain biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, off-highway vehicle riding, paddle sports, personal watercraft, and motorized boats.

Assateague Trail

Administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), this program is a reimbursable grant program that matches federal funds with local funds or in-kind contributions to implement these trail projects. Projects can be sponsored by a county, a municipal government, or a non-profit agency.

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Eligible Project Types:

  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails, including signage, bridges and boardwalks;
  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails;
  • Lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment;
  • Construction of new recreational trails (with restrictions for new trails on Federal lands);
  • Acquisition of easements and property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors;
  • Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance;
  • Development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to the use of recreational trails.

​Recreational Trails Program Manual

MDOT SHA Local Public Agency (LPA) and Sub-recipients of Federal Funding Project Delivery Self-Evaluation for Requests to Administer Federal Aid Projects

View previous Recreational Trails and Transportation Alternatives Program grant awards:

Meadow Platform​ ​  ​

For more information about Transportation Alternative and Recreational Use grants, contact

Cheryl Ladota
Assistant Division Chief
Regional and Intermodal Planning Division
MDOT State Highway Administration
707 N Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21201​​