Construction underway on area multi-county bike trail system

(BY: RICK STEELHAMMER, THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL) – A 500-mile network of linked bike trails in Fayette, Nicholas and Greenbrier counties is expected to be ready to ride by mid-2020, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a $300,000 contribution from the state Division of Highways, and commitments by volunteers to donate $100,000 worth of trail-building labor.

The grant will be used to build six new trail segments and incorporate several sections of lightly traveled secondary roads to link towns, businesses and points of interest to more than 350 miles of existing rail trails and single-track trails on public lands in New River Gorge National River, Monongahela National Forest, Babcock State Park and the adjacent Beury Mountain Wildlife Management Area. It will also fund a new 12-mile stacked loop trail system at Fayetteville’s Wolf Creek Park.

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