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Old Fort Trailhead and Park Planning

A Public Input Meeting was held on Monday, March 22 at 5:30 at Old Fort Town Hall. McDowell County Planner Blair Melton presented the PARTF Grant Application process and Amenities that will be included at the FFST Trailhead and Park.  The meeting was in person and via Zoom. All attendees (including the Mayor and Aldermen) supported the park as presented and recognized what it will bring to the community.

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MTA Funds Dog Park at Trailhead

The McDowell Trails Association (MTA) has given $25,000 to the Town of Old Fort to fund a dog park at the Fonta Flora State Trailhead and Old Fort Park. This donation will be included as part of a grant to build the park on land donated to and now owned by the state and leased to the Town of Old Fort.  The route of the FFST will enter the town from the east, and the Trailhead Park will become not only a gateway to the town, but also a place for residents and visitors to enjoy a picnic shelter, dog park, the Fonta Flora State Trail, an open green space, and other planned amenities.

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Old Fort Trail Sign – Old Hwy 70

Thanks to the generosity of the Allison land contribution and the work performed by Foothills Conservancy, the newest portion of the Fonta Flora State Trail will open soon.

It spans approximately three miles from the camp road leading to Camp Grier to Wolf Creek near the entrance to the Old Fort Picnic Area.

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Business Partnership Launched

How to Become a Business Partner ~ Partner List

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Burke McDowell Trail Planning

Getting a 100 mile trail completed in 10 years takes some planning. State and local government agencies and volunteers from Burke and McDowell Counties gathered at Lake James State Park to set a strategic plan.

The group created an FFST Trail Timeline Spreadsheet for all to use. From that combined information, each jurisdiction will be able to see how the trail is progressing to make sure we meet our goal. Also, once all information is gathered, a promotional map will be created for the public to understand where trail is located at this time and where trail will be built.

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Old Fort Aldermen Support Trail

The Town of Old Fort Aldermen are very supportive of trails through town. At their March Meeting, they voted to allow the town to apply for a PARTF grant to help fund a FFST Trailhead and Park, to fund a park plan from Destination by Design Planning , host a public input meeting for feedback on the PARTF grant and park plan on March 22, and fund some more The G5 Trail Collective trails. This group understands what trails can do for the health of their citizens and their wallets and taking steps to become a Trail Town.

Blair Melton, McDowell County Planning, presented information regarding the PARTF grant and public input meeting. She also introduced Beth Heile, F3ST Executive Director, who thanked the board for supporting F3ST.  Tim Johnson, Destination by Design, was on hand to answer questions about the park plan.

 

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Scott Carpenter – Man Behind FFST

In 2015, Scott Carpenter, Burke County Deputy County Manager and Community Development Director found an old notebook in his office about a loop trail around Lake James. The rest is history.