This study focuses on the segment of the P2P corridor that lies within the state of West Virginia, from Parkersburg to the West Virginia–Pennsylvania border, just north of Morgantown. The primary alignment of the P2P corridor utilizes existing rail-trails and unused or abandoned rail corridors, and was largely determined through the collaborative efforts of P2P corridor partners. The size and scope of this project produce inherent complexities that will take many partners—working in coordination over several years—to complete.
No matter what the subject, feasibility studies pose an inherent question: is this project realistic and possible? In this instance, the question becomes: is it possible to develop the P2P corridor as a seamlessly connected rail-trail? RTC’s answer, backed by decades of rail-trail experience, is a resounding YES! Acquiring gap segments, designing and constructing the trail, then maintaining, promoting and connecting the trail to nearby communities will not come without challenges. Continued coordination among the strong partners that make up the P2P Corridor Working Group, along with support from state agencies, local elected officials, decision-makers, and—most importantly— community members from along the corridor, will be at the core of this project’s success. In reflecting on the totality of the P2P feasibility, several observations present themselves.
Published April 24, 2018
This feasibility study examined the development of a multi-use rail with trail along the State-owned railroad, as well as a number of alternate routes. This study does not recommend specific routes, but highlights the possibilities for further consideration by the involved individuals and communities.
The Sheepskin Trail, a rail-trail project is a proposed 34 mile bicycle/pedestrian path that will extend from Dunbar Township to Point Marion Borough at the Pennsylvania/West Virginia state line. The intent of this study update is to utilize and update the 1999 Feasibility Study as necessary based on changes to the trail corridor that have occurred in the past 18 years.
This plan establishes the purpose and need for action to develop the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge opened on April 13, 2019.
The purpose of this study is to present options for the development of a recreational and economic resource for the Adirondack region between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.