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Fonta Flora Trail Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.6 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great loop combining the Fonta Flora Trail through the county park and the Fonta Flora/MST Connector in the gamelands.


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6.9

Miles

11.0

KM

98%

Runnable

1,320' 402 m

High

1,203' 367 m

Low

427' 130 m

Up

426' 130 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

A great run on the Fonta Flora State Trail through Fonta Flora County Park. You'll get some good views of Lake James along the route as you wind through a mixed pine and hardwood forest.

Description

Start at the trailhead at the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and NC 126. From there, enter the Fonta Flora State Trail through the park for about 4.5 miles until your reach the Lake James Boat Launch.

Run through the parking lot and head west on NC 126 for a half-mile to Wolf Pit Road. Turn right onto Wolf Pit Road and start looking for the Fonta Flora/MST Connector Trail crossing the road just under a quarter of a mile into this gravel section. Turn right onto the Fonta Flora/MST Connector Trail and follow it back to the trailhead and your car.

History & Background

This utilizes an expanded section of the Fonta Flora State Trail. The Fonta Flora Trail will soon stretch from Morganton to Asheville!

Contacts

Shared By:

Brandon Thrower

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  4.6 from 8 votes

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Overlook on Fonta Flora Trail looking out over Lake James to Bald Knob and the Black Mountain Crest
Sep 27, 2017 near Glen Al…, NC
View up one of the coves towards the main part of Lake James
Sep 1, 2020 near Glen Al…, NC
View of Lake James and the mountains
Jul 30, 2018 near Glen Al…, NC
Beautiful covered bridge along the trail!
Sep 1, 2020 near Glen Al…, NC

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Feb 8, 2020
Mike D
18mi
Dec 19, 2018
Mike D
Trails in great shape after all the snow. A few fallen trees to hurdle or duck under 9mi