Fonta Flora State Trail

Trail Status

There are currently about 20 miles of the trail open for hiking and biking between Lake James State Park and 3-Way Supply. To see a map of the constructed trail sections:

View the Fonta Flora Trail map (Summer 2020)

For status updates and additional information, please visit the Fonta Flora Trail Facebook page at:

For information on the trails in Lake James State Park, please visit:

Sections or the entire trail may be closed by the respective management agency. It is absolutely critical to remain off the trails until they have been officially reopened. A single hiker or biker can cause serious damage to the trail which slows the drying process and keeps the trail closed longer. Repairing damaged trail takes time and resources away from building new trail or adding additional amenities. Please encourage your friends, family, and community to respect the trail closures and help keep the trail healthy.

Trail Rules

  • Open sunrise to sunset
  • Trails closed when wet
  • No motorized or equestrian use
  • Bicycles must yield to pedestrians
  • Bike speed limit 10 MPH
  • Keep pets leashed and clean up after
  • Carry in, carry out; leave what you find
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of other visitors
  • Obey all signs and closed gates
  • Any/all trail sections may be closed
    due to hazardous conditions, for
    maintenance, or after rains.

About the Fonta Flora State Trail

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 Downtown Morganton. The first section to be built will be a 29-mile loop around one of North Carolina's premier recreation destinations, Lake James.

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 Burke County, Duke Energy, Crescent Communities, North Carolina State Parks, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, private landowners, area residents, and volunteers.

View the map for the entire Lake James Section.

Check out the Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail website

What's Happening Now

Planning the Trail

Through a collaborative planning process, community members articulated a vision for how best to connect people and places with trails around Lake James. While this plan won't happen overnight, Burke County has made astounding progress.

Realizing the full scope of the Fonta Flora State Trail will take many years, but the loop around Lake James will serve as the spark to ignite the passions to complete it.

Current Projects

Burke County has several active projects currently under construction. Please stay out of the work zones until the projects are completed and officially open for use. These are active construction sites, and any unauthorized entry is both dangerous to the public and the project. 

  • Linville River Side Path

    • This side path will connect the trail between the MST Connector Trail and the trail Long Arm trail section at Lake James State Park. This project was made possible through Duke Energy funding and a Recreation Trails Program Grant through NC Parks. The side path is nearing completion but is not officially open for use.
  • Linville Access Boardwalk

    • The forth coming boardwalk will connect the existing trail at Linville Access boat launch to the MST connector trail. This project was made possible through Duke Energy funding and a Recreation Trails Program Grant through NC Parks. The boardwalk and connector trails are currently under construction and not open for use. 
  • Wolf Pit Trail Head

    • The County is adding additional parking for the trail across NC 126 from the bottom of Wolf Pit Rd. This gravel lot is funded by Burke County as part of the FY21 Budget. This project is currently under construction and not open for use.
  • Cobb Avenue/North Powerhouse Side Path

    • The County is in the Preliminary Engineering phase for the trail connection from Harris Whisnant Rd/Cobb Avenue to Laurel Ridge Ct neat the Linville Dam. This project was made possible through a Surface Transportation Block Grant – Direct Attributable grant through the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant from NC Parks. This project is still in the early design phase.

Additional Information

If you have any questions about the construction of the Fonta Flora State Trail, contact Burke County Community Development at 828-764-9030. See status updates for Fonta Flora County Park.

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