McDowell County- Old Fort


The G5 Trail Collective is working with the Pisgah National Forest, community leaders, businesses, and advocates to improve and expand trail access on public lands surrounding Old Fort. This working group includes People on the Move for Old Fort, the Grandfather Ranger District, Blue Ridge Traveler, Camp Grier, Kitsbow, and other local leaders. 

Over the last 6 months, we have worked with the community to craft a proposal for the Old Fort Trails Project. The project area adds new trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian users from Catawba Falls, to Mill Creek, to Jarrett Creek, and Curtis Creek in the Pisgah National Forest. 

Approximately 42 miles of new sustainably constructed trails are proposed to improve community connectivity, reduce barriers to access, and support environmental and social sustainability. The new trails will be supported by 2 new trailhead parking areas. Approximately 1 mile of trail relocations are proposed to increase maintainability of the existing trail system.

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The Pisgah National Forest is asking the public to provide feedback on the trail proposal during March 2021. Check out the information about the Old Fort Trails Project and then tells us what you think in one of these 3 easy ways:


View the official US Forest Service letter and submit comments online at


Attend one of our public meetings


Wednesday March 3, 2021 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Zoom Meeting ID: 840 1920 9035; Passcode: 313843


Friday March 5, 2021 from noon-1 p.m.

  • Zoom Meeting ID: 851 2562 5866; Passcode: 497185


Email your comments to the US Forest Service Recreation and Trails Program Manager at

Why Old Fort?

The town of Old Fort offers a unique opportunity to expand the network of trails on public lands. First, USFS lands surround the town, sometimes even sharing the same border.  This makes the trail complex one of the most accessible systems in the district to the local community. In addition, a new section of the Fonta Flora State Trail is currently being constructed in Old Fort by Foothills Conservancy. Finally, Old Fort is home to world class natural resources, a rich history, and several iconic trails that draw national and global outdoor enthusiasts to the region annually. Expanding the trail system by providing key connections and trail additions will allow for greater recreation opportunities for the community and visitors alike.

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