While West Virginia's mountains create the perfect canvas for challenging trails, there is a need to concentrate on creating access for all abilities, including entry-level hiking and mountain biking trails to introduce people to outdoor recreation.
West Run Woods trail system represents the start of a larger trail initiative through WVU to improve health, attract talent and enhance quality of life while providing an example for communities state-wide.
“I want to assist community leaders in developing compelling trail experiences that contribute to their communities being renowned as desirable place to live, work and play through outdoor recreation.”
Smith OEDC Recreation Infrastructure Development Coordinator
The Smith OEDC works with communities to build their skills and capacity. Sharing knowledge and assisting communities in developing local talent is a path to long-term success for outdoor recreation throughout the state.