MTA Annual Meeting

The McDowell Trails Association held their annual membership meeting on July 20 at the Joseph McDowell Catawba Greenway Amphitheater. F3ST Executive Director Beth Heile was invited as the guest speaker. In addition to updating MTA on the progress of the…

Existing Plans

Long before the Fonta Flora State Trail came to be, local governments were already making plans for trails, greenways and sidewalks. A plan can just give a general idea that some paths are needed in certain areas, but they can…

McDowell Trails Committee

The McDowell Trails Committee meets every 2 months to talk about the many greenway/trails initiatives underway and to continue planning future projects. Managers, Councilmen, Parks and Rec, Planning, Trails Groups are all represented. 

Foothills Conservancy Help

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is helping move the Fonta Flora State Trail forward by purchasing needed property and holding trail easements. A land trust can move much more quickly that state or local government. FCNC also has a representative…

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…

100 Mile Challenge

F3ST kicked off a new FUNraiser and Membership Drive this year. The F3ST 100 Mile Challenge. The idea is move forward 100 Miles in 100 Days for $100. That is just a mile a day! From Memorial Day to Labor…

FFST Map – Soon

Heather Cotton, Planning Director for the City of Marion, is creating a Fonta Flora State Trail map for F3ST. She is in the process of collecting information from all the local governments for their sections. The interactive map will be…

Davidson’s Fort

F3ST Board Members and Town of Old Fort Aldermen met with Davidson’s Fort stakeholders to determine the route for the FFST trail from the Old Fort Park Trailhead across the fort property and toward town. The fort and the trailhead…

Hike & Learn -Black Mtn

Clint Bowman with Black Mountain Recreation was part of the “learn” before our hike along the Oaks Trail, about their programs and the community garden, the Black Mountain Greenways and F3ST. Great lunch at Foothills Local Meats – an F3ST…

Buncombe Planning Meeting

Strategic Planning Meeting for FFST going through Buncombe County was a great success! Directors, Planners, Council members, Neighbors, Volunteers, Ag, Rec and more …..

Trail Class at McDowell Tech

F3ST Executive Director Beth Heile, Board Member Steve Pierce and Member Heath Cooper took part in the first ever Trail Class at McDowell Technical Community College. In this basic class, students learned Trail Types and  Experience,  Sustainable Trail Assessment and Maintenance,…