The Monday Lick Trail project is still on schedule for a mid-July award date.
The project area is located approximately 0.3 miles south of Marlinton.
The proposed trail system extends south and east of the town and includes 27 miles of single-track trail.
The Monongahela National Forest has actively participated with the Snowshoe-Highlands Area Recreation Collaborative (SHARC) to document trails, amenities and recreational assets to become the first International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Ride Center in West Virginia.
This three-year process has been an important part of the collaborative work aimed at turning the ride-center to the only Gold status ride center in the east. Ultimately, Gold status will enhance communities through a sustainable recreation economy on public lands.
The collaborative development of a strategic plan for achieving the Gold-level designation by 2025, was largely dependent on the creation of bike-optimized, multiple-use single track trails which are currently absent on the Marlinton-White Sulphur Ranger District. The Monday Lick Trail System adds that dimension.