BECKLEY, W.Va. — The New River Gorge Trail Alliance (NRGTA) announced that it has received a $60,000 technical assistance grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to continue building a regionally-connected bike trail system in southern West Virginia.

This grant builds off a previous $140,000 feasibility study and $1.4 million implementation grant from ARC.

Previous grants enabled the nonprofit Trail Alliance to investigate and begin creating a network of biking and hiking trails in Fayette, Nicholas, and Greenbrier counties, in cooperation with Region 4 Planning and Development Council and the West Virginia Division of Highways.

This new grant will fund a study to broaden the network from these three counties into five new counties — Summers, Webster, Raleigh, Monroe and Kanawha.

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