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McDowell Trail

F3ST Board Members Beth Heile, Jennifer Billstrom and Steve Pierce toured the McDowell sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail – the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway and Greenlee Park. Heather Cotton, City of Marion Planning and Development Director, walked with them to discuss the progress of the trail and plans for the future.

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Board Meetings Online

Just getting off the ground, the F3ST Board had one meeting in person meeting in March 2020.  Since that time, meetings have been online.

F3ST Board of Directors

Burke Burke County Johnnie Carswell Chair Burke County Board of Commissioners
Burke City of Morganton Butch McSwain Council Member City of Morganton
Burke Town of Glen Alpine Bob Benfield Mayor Town of Glen Alpine
Burke Trails Beth Heile Founder Friends of Valdese Rec
Burke Economic Ed Phillips CEO Burke County Tourism Development Authority
McDowell McDowell County David Walker Chair McDowell County Board of Commissioners
McDowell City of Marion Woody Ayers Council Member City of Marion
McDowell Town of Old Fort Jerome Effler Alderman Town of Old Fort
McDowell Trails Steve Pierce President McDowell Trails Association
McDowell Economic Steve Bush Former Executive Director,
McDowell Chamber of Commerce
Buncombe Buncombe County Carol Peterson
Board Member Parks, Greenways, and Rec Advisory Board
Buncombe City of Asheville Gwen Wisler Vice Mayor and Councilwoman City of Asheville
Buncombe Town of Black Mountain Pam King Alderman Town of Black Mountain
Buncombe Trails Jennifer Billstrom Velo Girl Rides LLC & Kitsbow Cycling Apparel
Buncombe Economic Eric Oelschlaeger President Epsilon, Inc.
General Friends of Lake James Judge Robert Hunter Emeritus Board Member Friends of Lake James
General Foothills Conservancy of NC Andrew Kota Executive Director Foothills Conservancy of NC
General YMCA of Western North Carolina Tim Blenco COO, YMCA of Western North Carolina
General Heathcare Foundation Meg White Senior Program Officer WNC Bridge Foundation
General North Carolina State Parks Smith Raynor State Trails Planner North Carolina State Parks