The Federal Lands Access Program has awarded a $230,000 grant for a hiking and biking trail that will link downtown Fayetteville to trails in the New River Gorge National River.
Work on the 4-mile trail is expected to begin in 2017.
West Virginia State University Extension Service agent Adam Hodges tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the project's timeline assumes Congress will continue to fund the lands access program at existing levels.
Hodges says some sections of the trail will be on streets and roads. The off-road section will run from downtown Fayetteville to Fayetteville High School through land owned by Cascade Properties.
The trail will connect with the trail system at Fayetteville Town Park, which links with seven trails in the national park.