Construction and Design


Weed Patch Mountain Trail

The Weed Patch Mountain Trail (WPM Trail) is a 8.6 mile multi-use backcountry trail implemented with state-of-the-art sustainable design and construction to offer a world class user experience in the Hickory Nut Gorge to hikers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers.

Weed Patch Mountain Trail (WPM Trail) is a segment of the planned 130-pIus-mile trail network of the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail. The trail takes visitors to a dramatic cliff-top viewpoint, exploration through a cave, across a picturesque trout stream, boulder fields, and many other scenic viewpoints. The construction and design of this trail enhances the natural beauty of our great state by featuring state-of-the-art curvilinear design to manage water flow, rock stairways, and stone paving. WPM Trail is truly a benefit to the surrounding region, serving mountain bikers, hikers, and rock climbers. The trail's construction brought together private and public partners along with volunteers who contributed more than 1,400 construction hours, clearly demonstrating the number and variety of interested parties in this project.

The WPM Trail was opened in 2018 and features stunning scenic viewpoints, artful trail design, and masterful trail construction. The project was funded primarily by a federal Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grant.

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2016: Kanab Creek OHV Bridge - Utah

2015: Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point Trail Project - Colorado

2015: Joanna Trail Project - Missouri

2014: Abbott Motocross Park - Nebraska

2014: Millersburg Historic Park and Trailhead - Michigan

2013: East and West Twin Creek Bridges - Michigan

2012: Chattahoochee Nature Trails - Florida

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2011: Iron Range OHV Recreation Area - Minnesota

2010: Agassiz Recreational Trail - Minnesota

2009: Sam Houston Multiple-Use Trail - Texas

2008: Wanoga Snopark Shelter - Oregon

2007: Potato Knob Trail at Holly River State Park - West Virginia

2006: Indian Canyon Trailhead - California

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2005: River Bluff Trail Project - Indiana

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2005: MKT Trailhead Project - Missouri

2004: Diana Bend Conservation Area Trail Project - Missouri

2004: Sweetser Switch Trail Project - Indiana

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2003: Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Area - West Virginia

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