Greenbrier River Trail

Awesome shot! C/ Mike Murphy

Fantastic day for the Great Greenbrier River Race!
Thanks to everyone who participated and made our 31st race a success!
Full Results HERE

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The Greenbrier River Trail is OPEN
July 18, 2017

Although it is not official, reports are that the repairs to the lower portion of the trail have allowed the trail to reopen from North Caldwell to Cass. Portions of the damaged lower section still need some TLC, but reports are that it is definitely bikeable! Everyone should be aware that there may be some hazards
But we are so happy the trail is “whole” again!

 

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 Greenbrier River Trail restored (With Video)

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When life hands you lemons, the old saw goes, just make lemonade.

But what do you do when life hands you a mammoth mudslide? If you work for the West Virginia State Parks system, apparently you climb it like you would any other hill in the Mountain State and carve a trail for others to follow.

Faced last summer with what Greenbrier River Trail superintendent Jody Spencer termed “the mother of all landslides,” State Parks officials and the trail’s many supporters set out to find a way to restore one of the Greenbrier Valley’s major outdoor adventure attractions.

While early plans called for hauling away the thousands of tons of debris blocking the trail near milepost 13, the true solution turned out to be as simple as it was ingenious. Rather than spending months carting the debris away, contractors who were working on the problem asked, why not just stabilize the 400-by-150-foot mudslide, contour its edges and run the trail up over it?

The plan worked like a charm, and last month the southernmost portion of the rail-trail reopened for the first time since the June 2016 flood sent trees, rocks, mud and more down the mountain and onto the path. (See link for video above to continue)

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Duck reflections. Photo Louanne Fatora

 

The trail is Open!
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped!

We will be working on the new parking lot and helping to gravel the reconstructed trail.

OLDER UPDATES HERE

 

      FOR DETAILED MAPS AND PHOTOS                                                  LARGE SLIDE AT MP12.96
OF TRAIL DAMAGE CLICK ON MAP GRAPHIC                                  CLICK ON PHOTO FOR MORE

binder-grt-jun23-damage-1Detail of damage MP12.96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the trail. Photo Lynn Creamer

PLAN YOUR TRIP! 
Find lodging, food & services at the following:

WV State Parks

Pocahontas County CVB

Greenbrier County CVB

TRAIL MAP

 

 

 

For information about the race email info@greenbrierrivertrail.com

For more information about the Greenbrier River Race please email info@greenbrierrivertrail.com

The Great Greenbrier River Race

201 was the 31st annual Great Greenbrier River Race. The race is held the last Saturday in April each year in Marlinton, WV. With great prizes, live music and good food,the event attracts a loyal following of racers and fans.

Originally a team event with four members, canoeists, bicyclist and runner, the race has now attracted many people who do it solo. But there is still room for the whole family or the family dog on a team! Kayaks and canoes are both encouraged and the many categories encourage prizes for many racers.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND MORE INFORMATION

 

Donate now to restore the trail.
Thank you for your help!

The Greenbrier River Trail

Eighty miles may seem like a long way, but the miles just fly by when you are immersed in nature as only the Greenbrier River Trail can bring it to you. We are glad you stopped by to get more information about the trail, or to get race results from our big fundraiser. We have been called West Virginia’s premier rail to trail conversion and we hope you will visit the trail soon and see why.

 

 

river-otters

River otters in Pocahontas County. Photo Louanne Fatora