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More National Trails Day Events


- At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6, Grandfather Mountain State Park will inaugurate a new self-guided TRACK trail for children along the first mile of the Profile Trail in Avery County. Meet at the Profile Trail parking lot on N.C. 105 South.


- Volunteers will help build the new Beech Tree Trail at Elk Knob State Park from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Meet at the Summit Trailhead, wear closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water. For more info, call (828) 297-7261.

Originally published: 2014-06-04 10:40:22
Last modified: 2014-06-04 10:42:38

Boone United Trail grand opening is Saturday

by Anna Oakes

Coinciding with National Trails Day, a grand opening of the new Boone United Trail takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 7, at Boone United Methodist Church.

The new trail, a loop just under three miles in length, begins at the Boone United Methodist Church and ascends up Howard's Knob. The Boone United Trail began in spring 2012 as a community service project of the church. It has been constructed by volunteers for use by the local community.

"We hope it's a resource beloved and treasured by all," said Eric Heistand, a church member and project leader.

The grand opening celebration will feature a hike guided by High Country Recreation at 11:15 a.m., a ribbon cutting and free barbecue lunch at noon and a 1:30 p.m. hike guided by Blue Ridge Conservancy. In addition, bounce houses will be available for children.

The trail begins at the church's picnic shelter and ascends about 800 feet in elevation, about half to three-quarters of the way up Howard's Knob. The trail meanders primarily through a wooded area, but in the winter there are clear views of peaks, such as Grandfather Mountain and Rocky Knob.

For more information about the Boone United Trail, visit or search for The Boone United Trail on Facebook.