The Greenbrier River Trail, will soon be sporting new interpretive signs to help visitors understand the history and natural heritage of the trail and river. In a brief ceremony on October 15 in Marlinton, Governor Bob Wise presented Leslee McCarty, President of the Greenbrier River Trail Association, and Mark Wylie, of Watoga State Park, with an award from the federally funded TEA-21 program of $34,960. The required 20% local match will be made from Greenbrier River Trail Association, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Pocahontas and Greenbrier Convention and Visitors Bureaus, The Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Wal Mart and the Greenbrier Sporting Club. Past years’ funding was used to remodel the historic Clover Lick Depot and put water pumps and restrooms on the trail.
According to McCarty, the funded project will include landscaping at trail heads and new information kiosks modeled on old train stops. The major purpose of the improvements this year is to interpret the history of the river and trail to visitors. For example, riders on the trail passing Spice Run will now be able to see an old panoramic photo of the lumber town in its heyday, with a mill, yards and 50 houses, where now only one house and a large pasture exist