As we all adjust to closures and social distancing, Burke County Community Development & Parks & Recreation reminds everyone that greenways and trails are open. Getting out in the fresh air will do body, mind, and spirit good.
You can walk the trails at Fonta Flora County Park and other adjoining segments between Harris Whisnant Road and Lake James State Park. At this time trails in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest and Lake James State Park are open, but visitor centers are closed. Always check to see if parks change their status before going.
Here are a few precautions if you go walking outdoors:
- Reduce your chances of infection by reducing your interaction and proximity to others.
- If you go with someone, consider meeting at the trailhead instead of car-pooling, ensure that they are asymptomatic.
- Keep a safe distance and minimize contact when hiking or bike riding.
- Bring snacks and water with you from home, instead of trying to get them on your way to your hike or bike ride. *** Do not share food or water from the same containers.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.
- Give first responders a break and be careful out there.
- If you feel ill, even if not with COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, or confirmed to have the illness, STAY HOME.
We have entered into an uncertain time and the precautions we are following are without precedent. We need to take care of ourselves, our families, and one another, and getting exercise is one way to do that. If the status of any of the greenways or trails change Burke County will do its best to let you know via email and Facebook.
Stay well my friends!