Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition





“Protecting and promoting…”


The Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition (SEFTC) seeks to promote and protect the long-distance foot trails in the Southeast and to connect trails and their natural trail corridors by building a regional trail system and an active network of hiking organizations.


- Interconnect 5,000 miles of trails in the Southeast
- Promote and help establish the Great Eastern Trail (GET) in the Southeast
- Coordinate our “No Child Left Inside Program” between trail clubs offering opportunities for children and youth to have hiking and outdoor experiences
- Provide “Leave No Trace” courses
- Hold a biennial conference for educational workshops, trail experience, and hiking
- Help plan and promote Trail Towns across the region
- Work with U.S. Forest Service personnel to coordinate certification recognition
- Provide joint grant projects with member clubs to enhance trails and hiking
- Serve as a regional voice for trail and hiker needs
- Assist trail organizations to promote accessible trails


SEFTC began as an experiment in its first meeting in the early 1990's at Unicoi State Park in Georgia. It was soon made a formal organization growing out of a joint grant as a “first” regional hiking organization with funding for an executive director and office for five years provided by the American Hiking Society and the National Park Service. That grant has since expired, and we have been able to continue on our own through programs and projects provided since entirely by volunteers. The biennial meetings have continued faithfully ever since, moving around several southeastern states.

SEFTC became incorporated in North Carolina in 2012 and secured the Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 status in 2014.

Our Interconnected Trails


SEFTC Winter Hike Week and Leadership Conference January 18-22, 2017


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Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition • P.O. Box 1492 Hayesville, North Carolina 28904

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SEFTC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
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