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Sunday, August 23, 2009
2014 at the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail
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The first 3 phases consisting of the trail head, picnic area and 5 1/2 miles of trail, part asphalt, part packed gravel is now open.  This has been a long time coming, approximately 6 years.  The Kings Mountain Gateway Trails, Inc. received several generous grants along with community support, foundations, City and County and State investments, and 2 minning companies, and two other private landowners have all joined the Gateway Trails group to make this happen.  Martin Marietta Minning Company provided the land for the trailhead and Rockwood Lithium previously Chemetall Foote Corporation provided a very large part of the 2nd & 3rd phases and the actual trail including a private bridge across Hwy. I-85 to the south of Kings Mountain.  The City of Kings Mountain built the beautiful restrooms and office facility and volunteers headed up by Ronnie Whetstine of W & W Contractors built the picnic shelter.  The Kings Mountain Gateway Trails group has worked very hard on all aspects of this wonderful project that is more that just a trail, it is a park with picnic grounds, restrooms, water fountain, parking and drop off area, & is handicapp accessible.