McDowell County- Old Fort

The G5 Trail Collective is working with community leaders, businesses, and advocates to improve and expanded recreational trail access on public lands surrounding Old Fort. This working group includes People on the Move for Old Fort, the USFS, Blue Ridge Traveler, Camp Grier, Kitsbow, and other local leaders. 

Recently the Collective was awarded grants from People on the Move Old Fort, IMBA, and Mill Creek Properties to complete design, planning and environmental work for 20 miles of new multi-use trails surrounding town. 



Check out the information about Old Fort Below and then tells us what you think in one of these 3 easy ways:

  1. Submit a comment in the comment box above.

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

  3. Visit the Old Fort Ride House at 59 Commerce Street to view a large printed map and submit a comment in person (and take home your own printed copy of the map!)

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.

We are working to add over 20 miles of multi-use trails on Pisgah National Forest lands in the Old Fort Trail Complex, which stretches from Mill Creek Rd. over to Curtis Creek Rd., and uup to the Blue Ridge Parkway. To kick off the planning effort, the US Forest Service, along with partners from the G5 Trail Collective and People on the Move Old Fort, is inviting the public to provide input on what kind of trails they would like to see around Old Fort. 

We want your input on the new Old Fort Trails! The map above is conceptual. Throughout the month of November we'll be collecting feedback, talking with designers, and making final plans for the complex. Please let us know what types of trails, loops, or connections you'd like to see. Click the map above for a large version of the rough concept map that was built by partners from the hiking, biking, and equestrian communities. This map is JUST A CONCEPT- we are looking to the public to guide the plan.  


Mapping Support Provided by: Pisgah Map Company and WildSouth

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