Three New FFST signs in McDowell County
New Fonta Flora State Trail signs have been erected at three locations in McDowell County. The signs provide a visible reminder that the greenways and trails we enjoy here are part of a much longer trail, the Fonta Flora State Trail that will run from Morganton to Asheville.
Pictured above is the sign on US 70 West at the McDowell House marking that entrance to the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway.
Pictured below is the sign on Old Hwy. 70 west of Old Fort at the trailhead for the Copper Ridge Trail. This is the newest segment of the FFST in McDowell County. The east end of the trail is off Camp Grier Road and the trail empties on to Old 70 just before the bridge over Mill Creek and the railroad. The trailhead has parking and provides access to the trail about midpoint between the east and west ends. The Copper Ridge Trail was constructed by Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina.
The third sign shown below is located at the vista at Point Lookout about 2.5 miles from the Point Lookout Trail access at the end of Old 70 about 3 miles west of Old Fort. The Point Lookout Trail is popular with cyclists and walkers and is the westernmost section of the FFST in McDowell County, ending at the Buncombe/McDowell County line near Ridgecrest.
The signs were fabricated by Turtle Labs in Marion.
Funding was provided by the McDowell Trails Association in partnership with Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. Donations by MTA members and the public funded two signs and Foothills Conservancy funded the sign at Copper Ridge. THANK YOU to all who supported this effort.
The signs were installed by TAG Contracting, Inc, in Old Fort.
Special thanks to The MTA’s Pat Cook and Oscar Creech for their leadership in this project seeing it through from design to installation.