Morganton one step closer to mountain biking, the hiking trail | Govt. and politics


Orange line shows a proposed mountain bike and hiking trail at Catawba Meadows Park.

Photo courtesy of the town of Morganton

Morganton approached another ecotourism site during Monday night’s city council meeting.

The council voted in favor of signing a memorandum of understanding between the city, Foothills Land Conservancy and Overmountain Cycles for the construction of a 4 mile long mountain bike trail at Catawba Meadows Park.

NC Trails has provided conservation with a grant of $ 100,000 to develop the trail, which will see Overmountain Cycles’ contribution to the trail design and maintenance.

Michael Lowther, owner of Overmountain Cycles, told council he was excited about the trail and it was something he had wanted to see come to Morganton for some time.

“The Burke Bearcats are our county-wide college and high school mountain biking team, it started a few years ago, it’s growing pretty steadily, and that would be the foundation for these guys to come. ride and train and gain skills, sixth through 12th, ”said Lowther.

He also said he would like to see the trail host races with competitors from across North Carolina and other states.

“This stuff is really possible, especially in the world of cycling,” said Lowther. “People want places to ride, they want trails to explore and this is a great opportunity for Burke and Morganton County to get more ecotourism.”


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