The first leaves are starting to float to the ground as fall approaches in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It’s been busy and exciting year for trails in this part of the world. After several years in the making, the new trails at New River Gorge are open.
Members of the Fayetteville and other surrounding communities were on hand last Wednesday to celebrate the opening of 13+ miles of fun, flowy singletrack. After some inspiring words from National Park Service and Boy Scouts of America leaders, an enthusiastic group of mountain bikers pedaled their way onto the trails in celebration.
IMBA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Frank Maguire was on hand to represent IMBA. Several different staff members from Trail Solutions to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew have supported the project over the last few years.
In the month of July, over 1,000 Boy Scouts traveled to Fayetteville to craft the new trails by hand. A system of this size would normally take years to construct without machines so it goes without saying that the New River Gorge trail system is something for everyone to be proud of.
It’s also a shining example of what great partnerships can create. Special thanks to the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America for helping make the vision a reality.