The Document Delta | Large plans for Upshur County Trails
BUCKHANNON — The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on many issues, however the Upshur County Trails system is just not considered one of them. The Upshur County Trails (UCT) volunteer group, also called the “Path Crew,” have been engaged on restoring the 6 miles of mountaineering, biking, and working trails on the Upshur County Recreation Park adjoining to Buckhannon-Upshur Excessive Faculty since 2015.
“Because the pandemic began and plenty of occasions have been cancelled, we’ve got seen an enormous surge in path use! Now we have folks coming from throughout Upshur County, many neighboring counties, and a number of other from different states,” acknowledged UCT volunteer Rachel Weber.
The group lately obtained a $2,896.02 grant from Attempt This WV. This cash will probably be utilized towards enhancing directional indicators alongside the paths, putting in kiosks with path maps and an archway over the principle path entrance, in addition to establishing native wildflowers alongside the path. Weber defined that Buckhannon Metropolis Council additionally lately signed a lease with an adjoining landowner, granting entry to 260 acres of extra land for trails.
There are at the moment some options alongside the path for mountain biking abilities, in addition to loads of wildlife, vegetation and fungus to watch. These trails are an excellent place to get some contemporary air, in addition to mountaineering, path working, and mountain biking. It’s the good alternative to discover nature regionally and at no cost!
The group is at the moment making a digital fundraiser for the paths, known as UCT Razin’ Path. Weber mentioned cash raised will probably be used in the direction of the wants of future path constructing and path upkeep tasks, akin to buying supplies for bridges. The UCT Razin’ Path digital occasion will happen from October 17 via November 8. This occasion will probably be geared in the direction of encouraging extra folks to get out on the paths to run, bike or hike. All contributors will obtain a t-shirt and a sticker for $35, and for an extra $15, they will additionally obtain a trucker hat. Contributors can even be entered for an opportunity to win some prizes, donated by native companies. “It’s a method to introduce folks to the paths, whereas serving to to lift cash for future tasks,” Weber exclaimed. Contributors can join at https://runsignup.com/Race/WV/Buckhannon/UCTRaizinTrail?remMeAttempt=. The deadline to register is October 26.
The group additionally meets for a month-to-month “path workday,” which is introduced on their “Upshur County Path” Fb web page. Path workdays sometimes happen on Saturdays, for a few hours. “We like to have folks come out and assist with weed trimming, digging, litter pick-up, and so on.” she defined. In the event you’re a mountain biker, in addition they have a gaggle that meets each Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. Observe their Fb web page for updates and footage of their progress.