Delegate Justin Marcum, D-Mingo, said he was thrilled to learn of a $200,000 grant awarded to the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority for the trails general maintenance projects.
“These trails are vital to southern West Virginia and an economic tool we can use to diversify the economy,” Marcum said.
The grant was given as part of funding for 37 different communities and organizations to build infrastructure projects across the state in a ceremony hosted by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Funding for the grants was provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the programs distributing the grants.
“As an avid user of the trails, I realize the importance of utilizing them both for the local population and for visitors from all over the country,” Marcum said.
Both the Recreational Trails and Transportation Alternatives Grant Programs include 80 percent federal funding with a 20 percent local match required. The Hatfield and McCoy Trail System is a statutory corporation created by the West Virginia Legislature to generate economic development through tourism in nine southern West Virginia counties. The Hatfield and McCoy Trails covers hundreds of miles of off-road trails which are open 365 days a year ranging in difficulty.
“I’m proud to see we can achieve these goals for southern West Virginia and I encourage Gov. Tomblin to do more in the way of jobs and infrastructure for the southern coalfields,” Marcum added.