We are excited to announce that Friends of Blackwater has been selected by the Office of Surface Mining to create a Blackwater Loop hiking and biking trail that will safely and scenically connect the Towns of Thomas and Davis in Tucker County.
The eight-mile trail will feature an incredible suspension bridge over the North Fork of the Blackwater! There will also be trailhead kiosks in each town, updated maps, historic signage, food and drink on either end, and a new and improved trail for bikers and pedestrians of all ages traversing between the Monongahela National Forest and Blackwater Falls State Park.
The grant is for $818,000, and we hope to raise more to make this the best trail ever! Thanks for all your support, and we will see you on the Blackwater Loop!
Check out the grant announcement from Governor Justice that took place on May 28th here. (starting at 17:05)
On our team during this virtual press conference was Judy Rodd, FOB executive director, Matt Baker, Blackwater Falls State Park Superintendent, Jessica Waldo, Director of the Tucker County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Doug Martin, Mayor of Davis, Matt Quattro, Sue Haywood, Blackwater Bicycle Association/IMBA, and and Amy Albright of the United States Forest Service.