Activities toward developing a trail on the McCloud Railroad corridor began in 2005. Since then, the trail development concept has attracted a lot of support from the communities and numerous organizations. A “Core Team” of representatives from four local non-profits lead the effort to develop the trail and were instrumental in the formation of the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association :
The McCloud Trail Association, a project of the McCloud Local First Network, is also a Core Team member.
Save Burney Falls was a member of the original Core Team. It ceased operations upon the formation of the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association.
The trail property was acquired by the Shasta Land Trust, which donated it to the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association, which now owns and manages the trail. The Core Team disbanded, having completed the transfer of responsibility to that organization.
The following is a list of organizations who have provided financial and in-kind support for the development of the Great Shasta Rail Trail:
- Shasta County Public Health Department
- Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Burney Chamber of Commerce Donor fund
- Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Community Partners fund
- Rose Foundation, Grass Roots fund
- National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
- Save Burney Falls
- Forest Service – Shasta County Resource Advisory Committee
- Forest Service – Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee
- Federal Highways Administration – Scenic Byways Program
- California Natural Resources Agency – Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program
- California Department of Transportation
- Burney Chamber of Commerce
- McCloud Chamber of Commerce