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Greenbrier River Trail Reopens

leah kirk

MARLINTON, W.Va. — An 11-mile section of the Greenbrier River Trail is reopening one year after a major landslide during the June 2016 floods made paths in the area impassable. The slip was measured at 300 feet long and 600 feet tall; the length of a football field and the height of the New River Gorge Bridge. Following extensive repairs, the section is open again, allowing full access to the 78-mile trail, which stretches from Caldwell to Anthony.

The Greenbrier River Trail is a former railroad, now used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Its destruction by natural forces made it eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery funding. Most of the repairs were done by state park employees and through contractual work with Pineville Paving and Excavating, Inc. of Pineville, and Sibold Excavating of Union.

Thirty other damaged sites along the trail were identified and addressed, including side trail campsites, culverts and bridges, rest areas, trail washouts and signage losses. The area around the landslide has been contoured to an 800-foot section of trail that now rises to about 18 feet and falls to the original trail grade.