A meeting is scheduled for March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Elkins office of the WVDNR for residents interested in volunteering/joining West Virginia Scenic Trails Association to be part of an effort to continue improving West Virginia’s Allegheny Trail.
According to Upshur County resident, Kelley Boyer, a lifetime member of the WVSTA, the group is doing a lot of great work and they are looking for volunteers and new members to aid in trail projects.
“I try to do everything I can,” Boyer said noting the work volunteers and members do is very rewarding and beneficial not only for those using the trails but also the local economy bringing in hikers and nature lovers from other areas and even out of state.
Hikers and trail enthusiasts are encouraged to come out and learn about the Allegheny Trail, West Virginia’s longest distance hiking trail.
The Allegheny Trail is over 300 miles long following the Allegheny Highlands of the two Virginia’s beginning at the Mason Dixon line in Preston County WV in the north to Monroe County WV in the south where it joins the Appalachian Trail. The trail passes through four state parks, two state forests, and three national forests over its course with shelters and scenic locations scattered throughout.
The WVSTA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that exists primarily for the building and maintaining of the Allegheny trail along with numerous other hiking trails in West Virginia and we encourage any group or individual to join us on our trail building, maintenance, or social events.
So, if you are looking for a great hike through a diversity of woodland settings in the beautiful Allegheny Highlands let this meeting be your first stop.
The meeting will take place at 738 Ward Road, in Elkins with light refreshments served.
For more information, visit www.wvscenictrails.org.