Program Management

To effectively assist in the pre-construction phases of projects, maintain and report information related to construction projects.

Recreational Trails Program

News and Upcoming Events:

The 2021 Application Cycle for TAP and RTP funding has now closed. No specific date for award announcements has been set, but it is anticipated to be in Fall 2021.


See below for the recording of the April 1, 2021 Information Session:

Information Session Questions and Answers

Program Information:

This program, administered by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), provides funding to local project sponsors (public and private/nonprofit agencies) to construct and maintain motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and trail support facilities. The ARDOT works closely with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to administer this Program. The enabling legislation for the program can be reviewed at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/.

Project sponsors apply for program funds through a competitive process with the applications being reviewed by the Arkansas Recreational Trails Advisory Committee.  (ARTAC).  ARTAC consists of ten members, nine of whom are appointed by the Governor representing various types of trail users.  Successful applicants must submit plans and specifications for the project, provide proof of ownership of the property on which the trail lies, obtain all necessary environmental clearances and permits, and enter into a contract with ARDOT.  These sponsors are then responsible for performing the work described in the contract. As work on the project is accomplished, sponsors are eligible to request reimbursement from ARDOT. No “up-front” or “start-up” funds are available.


Reimbursement Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a reimbursement-type grant program.  The program provides for an 80 percent federal share and 20% non-federal share for each project.  The main priority in allocating funding is for the construction of new trails and for major maintenance of existing trails.  Support facilities such as restrooms, benches, trailhead parking and lighting have been viewed by ARTAC as less important.  In the past, FHWA has approved the following as they specifically relate to recreational trails:

  • new construction
  • relocation of existing trails
  • major maintenance of existing trails
  • bridge purchase and installation
  • bridge construction
  • interpretive brochures
  • trail education materials
  • lighting
  • landscaping necessary to heal construction damage along paved trails
  • bike racks
  • trail signs and marking
  • trail head facilities
  • restrooms
  • bulletin boards
  • all terrain vehicle/dirt-bike loading ramps
  • parking areas
  • water supply
  • drinking fountains
  • trash receptacles

The following have not been approved:

  • landscaping beyond that necessary to heal construction damage along paved trails
  • irrigation equipment, or maintenance cost of previously funded trail equipment
  • visitor center construction/improvements, playground equipment, picnic tables, or sidewalks
  • engineering, inspection, planning, design or architect fees


Who is Eligible

Applications for trail projects will be accepted from:

  • city and county governments
  • state agencies
  • other governmental bodies created under state law (i.e. river authorities, planning districts)
  • federal land managers (i.e. U.S. Forest Service, Corps of Engineers)
  • private 501(c)(3) organizations


Program Limitations

The federal act outlines a formula for state grant spending: 30% of the funds are reserved for uses related to motorized trail recreation, 30% are for uses related to non-motorized trail recreation, and the remaining 40% is discretionary for “diversified” trail use that gives preference to project proposals which (i) provide for the greatest number of compatible recreational trail purposes or (ii) provide for innovative recreational trail corridor sharing to accommodate motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use.  The program will limit the amount granted for any individual project in one application period to a maximum grant amount to be set at the beginning of each funding cycle.



Contact Information

Minghua Qiu Miller, P.E.
Program Management Division
Email: LFPA@ardot.gov

Phone: (501) 569-2213
Fax: (501) 569-2623


Mailing Address

Arkansas Department of Transportation
Attn: Program Management Division
P.O. Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203-2261