Finding the route for a public trail takes a lot of planning and input. From where beautiful sections are located to where there are willing landowners. To find that perfect path, 7 public input meetings were held from February to April in Glen Alpine, Drexel, Rutherford College, Connelly Springs, Rhodhiss, Long View, Hildebran. A big thanks goes to each of the municipalities for organizing the meeting space and publicizing the events. Average attendance was 20 people.
Each meeting started with a slide show presentation by Trail Coordinator Beth Heile. The trail goals, big picture route, trail benefits and processes were all covered. Following the presentation, attendees asked questions and provided feedback. They were also able to draw on large maps with suggestions.
Thanks to the local media for cover the event. Hickory Daily Record video and written story and The Paper had reporters in attendance.