2016 Land Added for Trail Head Park

Greenbrier River Trail Association conveys 5.5 Ac. Parcel to State Parks for trailhead near Caldwell

 Southern End

LEWISBURG, WV – APRIL 2, 2016.  The Greenbrier River Trail Association has completed transfer to West Virginia State Parks of more than five acres for use as a new trailhead park.  It is expected that this will help improve access and alleviate parking congestion at the popular Greenbrier River Trail at its southern end near Caldwell. 

“The south end of the trail is the busiest access point, and the parking there, with only about 20 spaces, is often not enough” said Leslee McCarty, president of the trail association.  “This larger area will provide safe access to the trail and space, not only for more car parking, but possibly restrooms and other compatible uses.”
The Greenbrier River Trail Association was assisted in this project by a loan from the West Virginia Land Trust in 2014 to purchase the $110,000 parcel adjacent to the trail at the corner of Stonehouse Rd. and Camp Alleghany Rd.  In 2015, the trail association was awarded Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Alternatives Program grants through the West Virginia Division of Highways to match its contributions to the project.  This allowed the group to convey the parcel this month to West Virginia Division of Natural Resources/State Parks, and to fund future development of the trailhead park.
“This will be a great addition to the trail, but we do not intend to stop there,” said Robert Gronan, secretary of the trail association, and one of its founders.  The group would like to extend the trail farther south and eventually link it to Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs as part of an interconnected walking and bicycling trail system called for in the Greenbrier County Comprehensive Plan.  “To reach that goal, we will need generous private philanthropic donations and public and grant funding, and we welcome everyone to assist us in this effort,” Gronan said.
The non-profit Greenbrier River Trail Association has worked since 1979 to promote and improve the 78-mile rail-trail along the Greenbrier River from Caldwell to Cass.  The award-winning trail is estimated to generate more than $5 million in total annual visitor spending.   Among the group’s projects have been interpretive signs, restrooms, drinking water fountains, and shelters along the trail, as well as restoration of the Clover Lick train depot, and funding for gravel trail surfacing.  The group also hosts the Great Greenbrier River Race, a triathlon with more than 500 participants, which will celebrate its 30th annual running this month on April 30 in Marlinton.