Upshur trails come to life with fairy-gnome project


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Trails volunteer group is working on a special addition for local kids—and those who are kids at heart—with the help of trail users and community members.

Rachel Weber, with the Upshur County Trails volunteer group, is excited to announce the upcoming “Fairy-Gnome Trail.” Weber told The Record Delta, “It is going to be called Watermelon Woods.” The name was reportedly inspired by a young trail user who observed the pinkish-red leaves on the beech trees in this section of the trails during autumn. Weber said she got the idea to make a themed trail like this after seeing other parks with fairy garden trails.

The group requested use of the large county-owned pavilion free of charge for two decorating days on Sunday, April 18 and Sunday, April 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Weber’s request was approved last week and Commissioner Sam Nolte stated, “Hats off to them because they continue to do good work down there.” The Upshur County Trails group wants the decorating of this section of the trail to be a community event. Weber will be at one of the pavilions to assist with any decorating needs and will also have a few treats available for the kids on these designated days. The competition ends on Sunday, April 25.

Individuals or groups can claim a spot early or begin decorating a site at any time. “They are welcome to do that… Take a permanent marker and write your name on the flag and cross out the number. I have already seen a huge interest in this project! People are very excited about it!” Weber exclaimed. Upshur County Recreational Pool passes donated by the County Commission will be utilized as prizes and some other surprises will also be supplied from several local businesses for the top decorated spots, she explained.

Watermelon Woods is located behind the pavilions and playground at the Upshur County Recreation Park. “I have cut out the trail and it is currently marked with orange marking tape on the trees, and flags with numbers indicate the areas to be decorated. Signs are currently in the process of being made by Sunset Graphics and a local craftsman. These will be installed as soon as possible to help with finding the trail,” Weber explained.

The trail will tentatively be completed by the end of April and some spots have already been decorated. “I think that this trail will be such a fun area for kids and those who are a kid at heart,” Weber concluded. For more information, visit the Upshur County Trails Facebook page.

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