The Bluestone Adventure Trails Committee has been working to make the Bluestone River more accessible for public use. The West Virginia Division of Highways is helping the Trails Committee to accomplish that goal.
The DOH awarded a $150,000 grant to the trails group to help with the design of the water trails system.
Sixty-six miles of the Bluestone River runs through Mercer County. The grant will help the group to make the river available for public activities such as boating and kayaking.
One access point in the works is at Brush Creek Falls in the State Park.
Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer serves as the chairman for the group. He says the grant will benefit not only the Mercer County community but also the State of West Virginia.
“This grant provides funding, specifically for water and hiking trails,” said Archer. “It’s such an exciting time right now and I’m glad we’ve been sticking with this program all along.”
The Mercer County Commissioners appointed a formal committee for the trails group back in September, to also focus on public access for non-motorized activities in the state.