By Jesse Wood
NCDOT Board Member Jim Palermo is expected to make a “special announcement” pertaining to the Middle Fork Greenway on Friday, according to the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.
In conjunction with the Blue Ridge Conservancy, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting a coffee-hour reception on the Chamber’s lawn in downtown Blowing Rock to hear the latest update on the greenway project. The event will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12.
During the reception, food will be available from Blue Ridge Brews and Bites, Indulge Bakery and Camp Coffee Roasters. The event is rain or shine as a tent will be set up on site.
Once complete, the Middle Fork Greenway will be a 6.5-mile pedestrian and cycling trail located in between Boone and Blowing Rock. About one mile of the trail, including the beautiful riverside Sterling Creek Park, is complete and open to the public.
Lately, the Middle Fork Greenway Association has been working with the NCDOT and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, which is finishing up construction of the Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge off of U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock, to ensure that the greenway can go under the new bridge dedicated to the Moretz family.
The Middle Fork Greenway will be part of the New River Headwaters Trail, a network of three trails – Middle Fork Greenway, Boone Greenway and South Fork Greenway – connecting Boone, Blowing Rock and Todd.
New River Headwaters Trail is a project of High Country Pathways. The Middle Fork Greenway is a collaboration between the Middle Fork Greenway Association, Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways – along with other community and local government partners.