Burke County in western North Carolina was recently recognized for its work on local hiking and biking trails.
The county’s planning staff won the national 2017 Coalition for Recreational Trails achievement award in the Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands category.
The project recognized is the Mountains-to-Sea/Fonta Flora State Trail connector, which links two designated state trails. The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail connection can lead to other state parks and Pisgah National Forest. When the state trail is completed, it will like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
“We are very excited about being a recipient of the annual Coalition for Recreational Trails award in the Public-Private Partnerships and Access to Use of Public Lands category,” said Scott Carpenter, director of community development for Burke County. “Burke County is working diligently to create a world class hiking/biking trail system to help with our eco-tourism region and to bring new and healthy exercise alternatives to our residents.”
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