Month June 2021

Fonta Flora Flash

We have launched our e-newsletter that will go out every two weeks. The Fonta Flora Flash will have four stories – one of which will be a new trail segment update. If you are an F3ST member and we have…

State Trails Coalition

F3ST President Bob Hunter and F3ST Executive Director Beth Heile have been core members of the Great State Trails Coalition since its inception in February 2020. The group pushed the NC Year of the Trail 2023 bill that was sponsored…

More Local Governments on Board

F3ST is grateful for the funding support we received from seven local governments – five by January 2020 and two for July 2021. These contributions are key in enabling our non-profit to operate through the end of the year with…

Strategic Meetings Complete

Getting a 100 mile trail completed in 10 years takes some planning. F3ST knows that and State Parks Trails Planner Smith Raynor knows that. With both wanting a schedule of trail roll out, strategic planning meetings started in March and…

Asheville Trail Planning

As the Fonta Flora State Trail runs from Morganton to Asheville, so did our strategic planning sessions, with our final meeting being in Asheville. As a bonus, the meeting was held in the River Arts District beside the Wilma Dykeman…

Accomplishments with Exec Director

Wonder what gets done once you have an Executive Director? Here is what F3ST has accomplished since Beth Heile was hired with a February 1 start date. Strategic Planning Sessions with Municipalities and Counties We gathered planners, managers, trail groups…

Spring Hike & Learn Complete

The Spring Hike & Learn Series ran April through June. Each event started with a Learn by hearing from trail or conservation experts,  moved on to a moderate 3-4 mile Hike, and ended with Lunch and Shopping from a local…

Hike & Learn Marion

Hike & Learn with McDowell Trails Association – along the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway in Marion – which is designated FFST. Participants started Freddy Bradburn music at the Greenway Amphitheater. For the learn, Beth provided an F3ST update, Steve…

State Parks Director Visits Trail

State Parks Director Dwayne Patterson visited Old Fort to see what is happening with the Fonta Flora State Trail. He visited the future trailhead off Lackey Town Road and the Copper Ridge Trail – west of Camp Grier.

Trails – Economic Benefit

Trails generate substantial economic benefits. In western North Carolina, studies have shown an outdoor enthusiast will spend $50 on a day trip for food, gas and other items. The F3ST Spring Hike & Learn Series was not just about exploring…