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Lower Heartbreak Ridge

Opening by spring 2024, the Lower Heartbreak Ridge Trail is part of the 42-mile trail expansion planned in the Old Fort area that was recently recognized with $2.5 million in funding by the state of North Carolina. The new trails are the product of the U.S. Forest Service collaboration with Camp Grier’s G5 Trail Collective and the Catawba Vale Collaborative, which is revitalizing Old Fort through community development. The Lower Heartbreak Trail is a key connection that will realize the vision of connecting from Mount Mitchell to the Town of Old Fort almost entirely on singletrack trail.

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