Cherokee unveils trail system

A new 10.5-mile mixed-use trail system is complete in Cherokee, with trails open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 26. A special grand opening event will likely follow in early June.

The $356,000 Cherokee Fire Mountain Trail System has been in development since 2014, spearheaded by the Tribal Project Management team of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Funding came from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and from the tribe.

The trails, a flowy mix of moderate to challenging terrain, were designed by Cherokee-based Aniwaya Design & Planning, in partnership with Valerie Naylor of VNTS. The trail was constructed by Trail Dynamics, LLC, professional trail builders from Pisgah Forest. The new system is expected to entice mountain bikers of all skill levels while providing a safe and enjoyable experience for runners and hikers.

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