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Fonta Flora State Trail


The Fonta Flora State Trail (FFST) is a recreation facility that provides an unparalleled experience for people of all ages and abilities. The long term vision for the Trail is to connect Downtown Asheville with Downtown Morganton. The first section to be built will be a 29-mile loop around one of North Carolina’s premier recreation destinations, Lake James.

Primarily a natural surface trail, the FFST provides users with gentle grades and spectacular views of Lake James. It is open to hikers and bikers year-round. This public resource was made possible through the hard work and collaboration of Burke County, Duke Energy, Crescent Communities, North Carolina State Parks, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, private landowners, area residents, and volunteers.

The Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway, Point Lookout Trail and Greenlee Park are designated sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail in McDowell County.

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