Middle Fork Greenway

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middle fork greenway trail

The Middle Fork Greenway (MFG) is a developing pedestrian and cycling greenway trail along the Middle Fork River and US 321 corridor connecting Boone and Blowing Rock. It is being led by two non-profit organizations, Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways, in partnership with local governments and many community partners.

Approximately 1 mile of trail has been completed, and when completely finished, it will link Boone and Blowing Rock with 6.5 miles of greenway. It will connect with the existing Boone Greenway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountains-to-Sea trail, Shoppes on the Parkway, Tweetsie, Mystery Hill, 3 pocket parks and other natural areas, Appalachian Regional Health’s hospital and new acute care facility.  

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Sterling Creek Park

The Whitener Family donated this 3.7 acre tract between the river and the highway to Blue Ridge Conservancy, to protect and preserve its natural beauty forever for the peaceful enjoyment of the public.  Come, bring your lunch, sit at a picnic table, read a book, listen to the birds in the towering trees, fish in the mossy-bouldered stream, and walk the nearly 1,300 feet of trail through the property.  Continue through the culvert beneath the highway to Mystery Hill’s and Tweetsie’s land along the river, then turn around and amble back to Sterling Creek Park. Please help keep the park free of litter and please stay on the west side of the river only; the land on the other side of the bridge is private.

+ Directions from Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock

Travel 2.6 miles north towards Boone; turn right onto Whitener Mountain Road diagonally across Hwy 321 from Doc's Rocks and Mystery Hill. Immediately take a sharp right turn down to the small gravel parking lot to the right that provides spaces for 4 vehicles.

+ Directions From Boone

Travel 3.5 miles south toward Blowing Rock on Highway 321. At Tweetsie, get into the middle lane. Before Mystery Hill, give a left turn signal. Just past Doc's Rocks, turn left across the highway onto Whitener Mountain Road. Immediately take a sharp right leading down to the small gravel parking lot that provides spaces for 4 vehicles.