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McDowell Trails Association

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Our story

The McDowell Trails Association is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation created to plan, develop, build and provide education and support for non-motorized trails in McDowell County, North Carolina. 

Our mission is to partner with local governments, agencies, clubs and associations in order to create greenways, blueways and non-motorized trails that will promote health, recreational and economic opportunities for residents and visitors in McDowell County.

Our legacy of projects include the: Point Lookout Trail, Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway, Peavine Trail and the Corpening Memorial Greenway


The MTA, by providing accessible greenways, rivers, and trails, benefits the people and businesses of McDowell County in so many ways... Preserving and creating open spaces makes McDowell County a more pleasant place to live and work. Creating new outdoor adventures and non-motorized transport opportunities encourages a healthier community Strengthening the local economy by local sourcing, and by encouraging visitors to the area. Preserving culturally and historically valuable areas in McDowell County ensures our legacy for future generations. Building, maintaining, and expanding the greenway corridors has the potential to create new jobs, enhance property values, and attract new or relocating businesses


The mission and vision of the McDowell Trails Association is supported by a variety of businesses and organizations. We would like to thank them for their continued support for the local community.