Shameless Fundraising 2019

Deep in Custer National Forest, SD

GPT Enthusiasts and Supporters,

It’s not too late to grab a tax deduction for 2019. If you believe that all of America should be embraced and celebrated with trails, and the possibility of adventure (and not just the usual mountainous regions, and other places lavished with excessive hype), join us in helping our efforts to create the Great Plains Trail!

2019 was a great year for the GPT. We scouted new trail in Custer National Forest in South Dakota. We were featured, as part of our first thru hiker on the Pilot Trail, on KIOS – Omaha Public Radio. We also reached hundreds of people with several successful presentations around the country (CO, MN, IL, SD, NE) from our board members.

Our goal in the coming year is to continue to grow the community of GPT supporters, so we can reach even more people in the future. I invite you to help spread the word and join our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and Instagram!

Donate on our website today! Here is the link. Click the Donate button at the bottom:



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The Centennial Trail – South Dakota

Taken from the summit of Bear Butte, the northern terminus of the CT. Photo – Steve Myers

The Centennial Trail (CT) in South Dakota was developed in 1989 to celebrate the state’s centennial year. It runs for over 100 miles north/south through the Black Hills region. It crosses some outstanding scenery and hits highlights such as Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, and Black Hills National Forest. We’ve covered this trail before, but now we can do it with more detail. GPTA board member Clay Bonnyman Evans recently returned from a southbound thru hike of the GPT Pilot Trail, and wrote a nice piece on the trail for the online magazine, The Trek.

Here is a link to that article:

The Centennial Trail

Also, look for an updated southbound Pilot Trail Data Book to come from Clay’s hike as well!

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Stories from the Trail – the Video

Here is an excellent short video produced from the KIOS Radio series. Special thanks to Emily Chen-Newton and Joshua LaBure – we are in your debt!

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Great Plains Trail – On the Radio Part Three

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Great Plains Trail – On the Radio Part Two

Here is Episode Two from KIOS Radio and Emily Chen-Newton! Enjoy!

GPT On the Radio – Part Two


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Great Plains Trail – On the Radio

GPTA is very excited to announce that we will be featured in a three part radio series on KIOS – Omaha Public Radio starting today (10/23/19) and ending on 10/25/19.  Omaha Public Radio’s Emily Chen-Newton joined Pilot Trail thru hiker (and esteemed GPTA Board Member) Clay Bonnyman Evans as he made his way south from Bear Butte in South Dakota to Scottsbluff in Nebraska. Here is a link to Episode 1.  Enjoy!

The Great Plains Trail Radio Series – Part 1

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Great Plains Music Vol 5

One of my all-time favorites – a beautiful song:

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