Hike & Learn Series

Join us at one or all of our events. We will start with the Learn by hearing from trail or conservation experts, then moderate 3-4 mile Hike, ending with an information session about Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail, the progress of the trail and how the community can help. Our hope is after the event, you will stick around to explore the local area, have lunch and take another hike! (Photo: DbD)


Our Spring Series is complete. Check back in August for our Fall Series.


June 1, 10:00 am Hike & Learn McDowell – 2 Meet at the McDowell House (166 US 70 West) for a hike along the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway. We will start at the amphitheater located near the beginning of the trail for the learn from¬† McDowell Trails Association. Lunch after at J Hartman’s.

May 15, 10:00 am Hike & Learn Buncombe – Starting at the Parks and Rec Building (304 Black Mountain Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711), we will hike along Terry Estate Drive & Vance Avenue (planned greenway connection to The Oaks Trail), walk the The Oaks Trail (part of FFST) and around the Community Garden to see garden, public art, disc golf, and little library. Then walk back for about a 3 mile adventure! Lunch at F3ST Business Partner Foothills Local Meats

May 1, 10:00 am Hike & Learn McDowell 1 – Meet at the Ride House to hear from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. We will hike a 3-mile section in Old Fort on property acquired by FCNC and transferred to North Carolina State Parks and Recreation. Trail location cannot be disclosed yet since it is not open to the public. After, lunch on your own at Hillman Beer! Special Guest: Brittany Watkins, Special Projects Coordinator at FCNC and oversaw trail construction

April 17, 10:00 am Hike & Learn Burke –¬†Meet at the Burke County Park Trailhead (126 NC-126, Morganton, NC 28655) for a hike to the covered bridge and the boardwalk section. At the trailhead head, we will hear from Scott and Shane and you can ask questions about the history of the trail. After the hike, drive to Fonta Flora Brewery Whippoorwill Farm to see another trail section for some social time. Special Guest: Shane Prisby, Community Development Operations Manager.