What is the Middle Fork Greenway?


The Middle Fork Greenway is a multi-use recreational trail being developed to connect Blowing Rock to Boone, providing residents and visitors of all ages safe and healthy access to the natural world while protecting the environment and strengthening our local economy. 

The Middle Fork Greenway is a Blue Ridge Conservancy project in partnership the Town of Blowing Rock, Town of Boone and Watauga County.  $4 million has been raised, one mile is complete, the next 2.2 miles are getting "shovel" construction ready, and the next 1.3 miles of the greenway is funded in Blowing Rock.


The Round Up for the Middle Fork Greenway rallied support with a first-ever community-wide fundraiser by 118 businesses throughout the county. Businesses participated by asking their customers to round up their purchase to the next dollar, give to a donation jar, gave a percentage of their sales for the month, or gave a one time donation.  

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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 a Blue Ridge Conservancy project in partnership with Watauga County, the Town of Blowing Rock, the Town of Boone, and many community organizations and volunteers. 

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