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Thank you for visiting the McDowell Trails Association. This site offers a unique insight into the trails of McDowell County, North Carolina, and the events of the McDowell Trails Association.

Fall Wine & Dine

Join us for a wonderful evening under the stars!! We'll have a few "stars" of our own - Ric Luther and Greg Conley will provide music while you dine!

September 12, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00 pm
Silver Fork Winery


Funds from the dinner will help to pave the loop around "Round Hill" at the Joseph McDowell Historical Greenway in Marion. Dinner tickets are $30 each and include one glass of wine and dinner (steak and chicken). Purchase tickets by emailing mcdowelltrails@charter.net or calling 828-803-0222, or from an MTA member. A limited number of tickets are available so get your ticket soon!

Click here to buy your tickets online! 

Bicycle & Pedestrian Doc Project


One of the greatest challenges finding funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is the lack of documentation on how many people are cycling and walking and what the demand for cycling and walking would be in various circumstances. 

In September 2014, the City of Marion will participate in the the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, and volunteers are needed to assist with the counts. Interested volunteers can sign up for one of two workshops that will be held at the Marion Police Department next week:
Wednesday, September 3 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm 
Thursday, September 4 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Links to sign up for the training workshop can be found here:  https://marioncounts.wordpress.com/volunteer

A link to the volunteer date/time sign up form is also located on the volunteer page or interested volunteers can go directly to the following link: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054eaead2ca3fd0-marion1

You will be asked to:  Provide your name, email, phone number,  and count location/time preferences (first come first serve).  Attend one volunteer training workshop.  Date To Be Determined (SOON!)  Conduct at least one 2-hour count at the JMH Catawba River Greenway or other designated location. Conducting more than one count would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!  Return completed count forms to Marion City Hall.  

Thanks in advance!
Local Count Coordinator:

City of Marion
Heather Cotton
Planning & Development Director
(828)652-3551 or hcotton@marionnc.org

Bill Hendley Presidential Trail Blazer Award

Bill Hendley Presidential Trail Blazer Award Bill Hendley, MTA's outgoing President was presented the first annual "Bill Hendley Presidential Trail Blazer Award at MTA's Annual Meeting.  


Bill has served the past eight years as President of the McDowell Trails Association.  This award was presented to Bill for his persistence to meet goals, imagination to realize the next big idea, cooperation to build a strong team and enthusiasm to inspire success!  



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