F3ST kicked off its Fall Hike & Learn Series in Asheville, where the Fonta Flora State Trail ends. The Learn was provided by two sources – Connect Buncombe (of which F3ST is a sponsor) and City of Asheville Greenway Planner Lucy Crown.
As a non-profit, Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail is able to accept donations from individuals and hold them until needed. That was the case for the $100,000 donation used for some of the match for the $330,000 PARTF grant the Town of Old Fort received. Shown is F3ST President Judge Bob Hunter presenting the donation check the Old Fort Mayor Hensley.
A future section of the Fonta Flora State Trail in Old Fort is now open to the public! On October 7 a ribbon cutting was held for the Copper Ridge section and attendees heard from some of the partners that helped build it. The trailhead for the 3-mile trail is located on Hwy 70 between Camp Grier and Point Lookout Trail. Special guests included NC State Parks Director Dwayne Patterson and Land Owner Dan Allison.
Join F3ST and FCNC for a Copper Ridge Hike & Learn on November 6.
The N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) has awarded the Town of Old Fort $330,000 for the Old Fort Fonta Flora Trailhead and Park. A local match of $330,000 is required and being covered by McDowell County, Old Fort, Community Donors, and McDowell Trails Association. Amenities will include a dog park, paved 0.25 mile section of Fonta Flora State Trail, restrooms, parking, picnic pavilion, and event lawn.