Spearhead Trails system expands

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The Spearhead Trails made it’s debut in 2014. Since then, $1.6 million have been invested in the town of Pocahontas.

The 440 miles of trails attract riders from all over the country and the trail system is growing yearly. Today, they celebrated the addition of 15 miles of trail to The Original Pocahontas Trail (Part of the Spearhead Trails system).

Frank Wilkinson with The Shott Foundation mad the announcement. “I’m happy to announce, I think most of you know it, but our first commitment for Shawn and his project to continue building trails right now is $400,000…We believe in bringing these people into the communities from the outside to see the beauty we have to share. They’re bringing dollars with them, and they’re leaving those dollars here. We’re just excited to be a part of it and we look forward to continuing with you as this grows and becomes a larger part of the economy.”

In an effort to promote collaboration between states and trail systems, Delegate Will Morefield announced that parts of the Spearhead Trails and the Hatfield-McCoy Trails will be connected.

According to Shawn Lindsey, Executive Director of Spearhead Trails said, “Spearhead Trails with this connection to Hatfield-McCoy, which will happen over the next 90 days we hope, will strengthen both states. The economies of both states, the businesses, the retailers, the lodging in both states now have a bigger area to market.”

They hope that these partnerships will eventually make the combined trail system the largest system east of the Mississippi.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

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