The Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail Hike & Learn series kicked off in Burke County. The goal of the series is for attendees to learn about the Fonta Flora State Trail, hike a section of the trail and support the local economy. Meeting at the Burke County Fonta Flora Park trailhead, twelve hikers learned the history of the trail and sustainable trail building practices from Shane Prisby, Burke County Community Development Operations Manager.
After the learn segment, attendees hiked a 4 mile section of the Fonta Flora State Trail. Along the way, Executive Director Beth Heile discussed plans for the 100 mile trail that will run from Morganton to Asheville. Thirty-two miles of trail are on the ground at this point and the goal is to complete the entire 100 miles in 10 years. During the two hour walk, people who came from Asheville, Marion, Hickory, Morganton and Valdese, had the chance to learn about each other..
Each Hike & Learn will include a speaker, a hike and support the local economy. In the case, Fonta Flora Brewery Whippoorwill Farm was the final stop on the tour. On the way, attendees were able to see more of the Fonta Flora State Trail as they passed parking and trail access points at the Linville Boat Ramp, Wolfpit Parking, and the Linville River Trailhead before arriving for lunch.
The next event will be held in Old Fort on May 1. Attendees will gather at the Ride House to hear from Brittany Watkins, Foothills Conservancy of NC Special Projects Coordinator about the trail they built in Old Fort. As special guests of FCNC, attendees will be able to hike the three mile trail that is not yet open to the public. Lunch will be after at Hillman Beer.