By Jesse Wood
Destination by Design is hosting the 2017 Boone Area Outdoor Recreation Summit on Thursday, April 6 at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
A community social begins at 5 p.m. and the program will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Vendors include Farm-to-Flame Taco Bar, recreation organizations and local nonprofits. In addition to the free taco bar, local brewers Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Cidery, Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant, Booneshine Brewing Company, Inc. and Lost Province Brewing Co. will provide free samples of the new Northern Peaks Trail Beer Series.
The program will exhibit the plan to develop the Northern Peaks Trail, which will connect the downtowns of Boone and West Jefferson, and also provide updates on the Middle Fork Greenway, Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Pisgah Mountain Biking and the state of tourism development in the High Country.
Sponsors of the Boone Area Outdoor Recreation Summit include Mast General Store, Explore Boone Area, Blue Ridge Conservancy, Holton Mountain Rentals, Precision Printing Group Boone, NC, Stick Boy Bread Company, Local Lion, Boone Area Cyclists, High Country Pathways, High Country Recreation, and Appalachian State University.
The first local Outdoor Recreation Summit occurred several years ago. In 2010, Watauga County hosted the first Outdoor Recreation Summit to launch the Outdoor Recreation Master Plan. The plan unveiled key projects such as Rocky Knob Park, Watauga Gorge Park, and the Middle Fork Greenway.
For more information, click to the event’s Facebook page.