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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.

Meetings are in the works for Black Mountain, Asheville and Buncombe County.

Burke McDowell Attendees:
NC State Trails Planner Smith Raynor
F3ST President Bob Hunter
Burke County Deputy Manager Scott Carpenter
Burke County Operations Manager Burke County Shane Prisby
City of Morganton Director of Development & Design Phillip Lookadoo
McDowell County Trail Planning Blair Melton
City of Marion Planning Director Heather Cotton
MTA President Steve Pierce
Foothills Conservancy Tom Kenney
Foothills Conservancy Brittany Watkins
F3ST Member Tim Johnson
F3ST ED Beth Heile