The Civil War Trails program is a three-state, federally funded program that seeks to increase recognition of Civil War history at sites in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. In North Carolina the new driving trails recall the state's pivotal role in the Civil War. Over forty-one of the state's counties participate in the program, and one hundred and five markers stand along the first section of the trail. Markers include photos, illustrations, maps, and text. The second stage of trail development will focus on the war's action in the western part of the state.