By Randy Johnson
The Town of Seven Devils launched the Saturday June 6, commemoration of National Trails Day the best way possible—by dedicating a brand new trail.
The trail is now open and this weekend would be a perfect time to sample the winding path that descends 250 feet to scenic Otter Creek Falls on historic Valley Creek. Benches mark the path, designed in part by Tim Johnson, a trails specialist for North Carolina state parks.
More than 50 people gathered at the brand new trailhead parking area to hear Mayor Larry Fontaine recount the years of effort and inspiration needed to purchase a 10-acre natural area and turn it into a park. The project, funded in part by grants from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and The Conservation Fund, included a fund-raising effort that gained remarkably strong citizen support. Dozens of plaques on the trail sign reflect community members’ donations to achieve preservation and outdoor recreation for the town and its visitors.
GrandfatherMountain State Park superintendent Sue McBean attended the event. Her park rangers actively engage the town by offering Seven Devils’ residents and visitors a variety of programs during the summer.