Local stakeholders are invited to attend a series of four community workshops aimed at educating the community on a project that will connect the rail trails of Harrison County. The National Rails to Trails Conservancy, Harrison County Planning, and Harrison Rail-Trails welcomes trail users, neighbors, and interested parties to provide feedback and get involved with the project by Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC).

The goal of the connectivity plan is to connect communities to a regional network of alternative transportation and recreation trails. To support the proposal, the NBAC will provide an inventory of existing trails, propose corridors to connect the existing trails, and identify the steps that give the project fruition.

Meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., but the dates and locations vary. Each workshop will focus on a specific trail and how it fits into the connectivity plan. Light refreshments will be provided.

Harrison South Rail-Trail Extension
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Lost Creek Community Building, 104 Railroad Street

West Fork River Rail-Trail Extension
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Shinnston Women’s Club, 28 Bridge Street

North Bend Rail-Trail Extension
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Harrison County Parks and Recreation Complex, 43 Recreation Drive

Clarksburg Town Connections
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Clarksburg City Building, 222 W. Main Street

Connecting the regional trails in Harrison County is only the start. Imagine a corridor of trails that connects counties and states.

Harrison County trails are part of what is known as the Parkersburg to Pittsburgh (P2P) corridor on the Industrial Heartland Trail Coalition. Once completed, the IHTC will cover approximately 1,450 miles across four states and 48 counties. It will also connect to other trail systems that can take riders to Washington DC and New York City, as well as westward through Ohio.

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Rail trails present numerous benefits to communities such as providing relatively inexpensive facilities for outdoor recreation. In small rural communities, trails are often economic drivers through tourism. You can read more about the economic impact of rail trails in this blog post from the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

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