Hike & Learn – Old Fort

30 folks came out for the Old Fort Hike and Learn. It started at the Old Fort Ride House, hikers learned from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, hiked property that FCNC received from the Alison Family and then had lunch…

Learning from Knoxville

Thanks to McDowell Chamber of Commerce’s Kim Effler for organizing a 2 day session of speakers and tours of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail, McDowell Trails Association, The G5 Trail Collective, People on the Move…

Black Mountain Trail Planning

Strategic planning meeting with Town of Black Mountain, Black Mountain Greenways, NC State Parks Planning, Council members, and others to determine the FFST route in the area. There are several obstacles – but the trail will move forward!

Hike & Learn Launch

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…

Old Fort Trailhead and Park Planning

A Public Input Meeting was held on Monday, March 22 at 5:30 at Old Fort Town Hall. McDowell County Planner Blair Melton presented the PARTF Grant Application process and Amenities that will be included at the FFST Trailhead and Park. …

MTA Funds Dog Park at Trailhead

The McDowell Trails Association (MTA) has given $25,000 to the Town of Old Fort to fund a dog park at the Fonta Flora State Trailhead and Old Fort Park. This donation will be included as part of a grant to…

Old Fort Trail Sign – Old Hwy 70

Thanks to the generosity of the Allison land contribution and the work performed by Foothills Conservancy, the newest portion of the Fonta Flora State Trail will open soon. It spans approximately three miles from the camp road leading to Camp…

Burke McDowell Trail Planning

Getting a 100 mile trail completed in 10 years takes some planning. State and local government agencies and volunteers from Burke and McDowell Counties gathered at Lake James State Park to set a strategic plan. The group created an FFST…

Old Fort Aldermen Support Trail

The Town of Old Fort Aldermen are very supportive of trails through town. At their March Meeting, they voted to allow the town to apply for a PARTF grant to help fund a FFST Trailhead and Park, to fund a…

Scott Carpenter – Man Behind FFST

In 2015, Scott Carpenter, Burke County Deputy County Manager and Community Development Director found an old notebook in his office about a loop trail around Lake James. The rest is history.    

Designating State Trail

NC State Trails Planner Smith Raynor was in Old Fort to start the process of designating a new section of FFST. There is a little more paperwork to do before it is official. Thanks to Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina…

McDowell Strategic Planning

F3ST is working on a Strategic Planning for the entire trail to make sure we are on track to complete the trail in 10 years! The end result will be one map and spreadsheet showing trail on the ground, trail…

To Downtown Morganton

At the December 2019 City of Morganton Council meeting, a construction contract was awarded for a one-mile paved path from the existing Catawba River Greenway (designated FFST) at Catawba Meadows Park to downtown along Green Street. It is scheduled to…

Glen Alpine Ready for FFST

Town of Glen Alpine Mayor Bob Benfield and Clerk Melissa Lalonde are excited about the Fonta Flora State Trail (FFST) coming to the small town. Once home to the largest wooden structure in North Carolina, The Glen Alpine Springs Hotel,…

Supporting Municipalities

F3ST is grateful for the funding support we have received so far from local governments. The early leaders are McDowell County City of Marion Town of Black Mountain Town of Old Fort Town of Glen Alpine

Foothills Conservancy – Old Fort

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina has been organizing volunteer workdays to get this 3-mile section ready. They acquired property in Old Fort and transferred it to North Carolina State Parks and Recreation. Soon to be part of the Fonta Flora…

Old Fort Trailhead Plan

The planning process has started on the Old Fort Trailhead and Park that will be located just north of I-40 on property purchased by the state with Connect NC Bond money. Old Fort Alderman Andrew Carlton, McDowell County Planner Blair…

Heile named Executive Director

Beth Heile has been named Executive Director of Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail, Inc. Judge Bob Hunter, President of F3ST, said “Having an Executive Director will provide the constant driving force behind our mission, ensuring a strong “friends”…

McDowell Trail

F3ST Board Members Beth Heile, Jennifer Billstrom and Steve Pierce toured the McDowell sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail – the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway and Greenlee Park. Heather Cotton, City of Marion Planning and Development Director, walked…