What is the Middle Fork Greenway?


The Middle Fork Greenway is a project led by Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways to build a greenway path from Blowing Rock to Boone.

Our MISSION is to preserve an expanse of greenspace along the middle headwaters of the South Fork/New River that will protect the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources of the corridor and provide a 6.5-mile hiking and bicycling trail connecting the sidewalks and trails of Blowing Rock with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Boone Greenway, eventually linking with a wide network of all manner of proposed trails throughout Watauga and adjoining counties and northwest North Carolina.  The synergy of river, protective green space, and trail will yield an array of benefits—to health, the community, and the economy--making this beautiful place an even better place to live and visit.

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How long will it be?

Around 6.5 miles. It will connect with the existing Boone Greenway, creating over 10 miles of contiguous trail.


What will it connect to?  

The Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountains-to-Sea trail, Shoppes on the Parkway, Tweetsie, Mystery Hill, 3 pocket parks and other natural areas, Appalachian Regional Health’s hospital and new acute care facility.  

What is the width & surface? 

In most places it will be 10 foot wide asphalt. Some board walking may be required. Also, some areas may be natural surface trail initially.

How is it being funded?

Funding is being secured through public grants and private donations. Private donations are critical to providing matching funds to attract public dollars. The completed one-mile section was funded by NCDOT, Appalachian Healthcare System, Tweetsie and many generous private donors.  

How much is completed?

Approximately 1 mile.


What activities will be allowed?  

Walking, jogging, cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding. There will be no motorized vehicles permitted other than wheelchairs.


Who is leading the effort?


The Middle Fork Greenway is being created through partnerships.  Two non-profit partners, the Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways are leading the effort in partnership with Watauga County, the Town of Blowing Rock, the Town of Boone, and many community organizations.  

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