Welcome to the Fonta Flora State Trail!Welcome to the Fonta Flora State Trail!<h1 style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Leaves.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:513px;" />   </h1><h1>What is the FFST?<span id="part1"><span><h1 style="text-align:center;"></h1></span></span></h1>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 Down town Morganton. The first section to be built will be a 29-mile loop around one of North Carolina's premiere recreation destinations, Lake James. <br><div style="text-align:left;"><span><span>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 <span><span>Burke County, Duke Energy, Crescent Communities, North Carolina State Parks, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, private landowners, area residents, and volunteers. </span></span></span></span></div><div style="text-align:left;"><span><span><span><span><br></span></span></span></span></div><div style="text-align:center;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Kiosk%20Map.jpg">Click here to see the kiosk map for County Park Trailhead.</a></span></span><br><br></span></span></span></span><span id="part1"><span><h1><span id="part1"><span><h1></h1></span></span></h1></span></span></div><h1>How did this project get started? </h1><p>The Lake James region in western Burke County, North Carolina, has provided a wealth of recreational opportunities since the lake’s creation in the early 1920s. The expansion of Lake James State Park has added valuable public access and many bicyclists and runners regularly use the roads around the lake.<br> <br>This project started as a dream more than a decade ago. In 2004, a formal agreement with Crescent Resources allowed the State of NC to purchase land to be added to the existing Lake James State Park located in McDowell County. Crescent Resources also dedicated trail easements for the Fonta Flora State Trail and Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) on properties they owned. </p><p><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><img src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Lake%20View.png" alt="View of the lake from the trail" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:397px;" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br>In 2006, Duke Energy began the relicensing process through the <span><span>Federal Energy Regulatory Commission</span></span> for their h<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>ydr<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>opower f<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>acilities along the Catawba Wateree system. Recreation commitments made as a part of the relicensing process included easements across Duke Energy properties and approximately $1.1 million for development of the FFST and OVNHT. This combination of events has resulted in a renew<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>ed interest in development of the Trail<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br> <span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br>Through a collaborative planning process, community members articulated a vision for how best to connect <span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>people and places with trails around Lake James. While this plan won't happen over night, Burke County has made astounding progress. There a<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span>re 10 miles of trail on the ground right now with another 6.5 miles on the way. Realizing the full scope of the Fonta <span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>Flora State Trail will take many yea<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span></span></span></span></span>rs, but the loop around Lake James will serve as the spark to ignite the passions to comple<span id="part1"><span></span></span>te it.<br></p><p>If you have any questions about construction of the Fonta Flora State Trail, contact Burke County Community Development at 828-764-9030. Click <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/departments/community-development/fonta-flora-county-park" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">here</font></a> for status updates for Fonta Flora County Park.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:15px;"> </span><a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FontaFlora_Lake%20James%20Sectionmapv1.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="font-size:15px;text-decoration:underline;">Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop Map</span></a> </p><h1>What's going on right now?<br></h1><p><br></p><p><span><strong>Wednesday, February 14, 2018</strong><br></span></p><p><span><br></span></p><p><span>As the weather begins to warm, we are working hard on the FFST! We have begun planning the route from Lake James into Morganton. This trail will be a shared trail between the FFST and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT). If you have been contacted by Burke County about the trail, you can view draft route maps by clicking on theses links: <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Lake%20to%20Morganton%20Section%201.pdf">Section 1</a>; <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Lake%20to%20Morganton%20Section%202.pdf">Section 2</a>; <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Lake%20to%20Morganton%20Section%203.pdf">Section 3</a>; <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Lake%20to%20Morganton%20Section%204.pdf">Section 4</a>). We are also working with the City of Marion to plan the route for the FFST and OVNHT from Lake James into Marion!<br></span></p><p><span><br></span></p><p><span>Right now we have Tri-State Company, Inc. of West Virginia working on the trail at Harris Whisnant/Cobb Rd, Soutpointe, and the Mountains to Sea Trail Connector by Wolf Pitt Rd. Tri-State Company has been hired to build four new trail bridges and finish up a few gaps in the trail. Once they are complete, we will have connectivity from Harris Whisnant Rd through to Linville Access!<br></span></p><p><span><br></span></p><p><span>The other major project for the year is almost 6.5 miles of new trail from the Linville River to the future Cove Bridge on Lake James State Park - Paddy's Creek section. This new section of trail will wind its way through the Long Arm area of the park and should be completed by the end of Summer/early Fall. NC State Parks is getting ready to bid out the new Visitor Center and Cove Bridge some time this Spring.<br></span></p><p><br></p><p><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong>Friday, December 8, 2017</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Soft%20Opening.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:553px;" /><br></p><div>Today was Burke County's Soft Opening of the Fonta Flora State Trail. A Grand Opening event was originally scheduled for the date but was scaled back due to the impending winter weather. Still, there was much to celebrate as a small but dedicated crowd came out to the new County Park Trailhead to ask question over steaming cups of hot chocolate.  The Trailhead is almost finished and kiosk signs are being fabricated and will be installed shortly. <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Kiosk%20Map.jpg">Click here to see the kiosk map for County Park Trailhead.</a></div><div><br></div><div>We are getting ready to build 6.5 miles of trail from Linville Bridge to the site of the future Cove Bridge in the Paddy's Creek Section of Lake James State Park. We also received two $100,000 RTP Grants from NC State Parks to build the sections between Linville Bridge and Linville Access. Once these sections are built and NC State Parks finishes building the Cove Bridge, we will tie into the existing trails in the park. This means that we will have contiguous trail from Harris Whisnant Road all the way to Canal Bridge, more than half the Lake!</div><div><br></div><div><div>The Grand Opening for the trail is being rescheduled for Spring 2018 so stay tuned for future announcements. For now, we are encouraging everyone to get out and discover the Trail if you haven't already. And if you have, we hope to see you out there again! <span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">l when it is wet will do tremendous damage to the trail surface. Help us protect the investment we have made in this very valuable asset. <strong>THANK YOU! </strong>Burke County will open sections of the trail as they are completed, signed, and after the hazards of construction have passed. If you have any questions about construction of the Fonta Flora State Trail, contact Tim Johnson at 828-764-9030. Click <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/departments/community-development/fonta-flora-county-park" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">here</font></a> for status updates for Fonta Flora County Park.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div></div>

 

 

 

 

SEC plan FFST-LJSP (FINAL)http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/SEC plan FFST-LJSP (FINAL).pdfSEC plan FFST-LJSP (FINAL)
FFST Master Planhttp://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/Fonta Flora State Trail_Lake James Section.pdfFFST Master Plan
FFST Summary - Fall 2016http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/FFSTSummaryFall2016.pdfFFST Summary - Fall 2016
FFST Summary - Spring 2017http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/FFSTSummarySpring2017.pdfFFST Summary - Spring 2017
Revised Railing A23http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/Revised Railing A23.pdfRevised Railing A23
RFP Questions 10-13-2017http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/RFP Questions 10-13-2017.pdfRFP Questions 10-13-2017