CHARLESTON – Delegate Phyllis White (D-Mingo) announced a grant awarded to the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority in the amount of $200,000 for general maintenance projects across the multi-county trail system. The grant award was part of a ceremony where funding went to 37 different communities and organizations to fund infrastructure projects across the state in a ceremony hosted by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Funding for these grants are provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) administers the programs distributing grants. 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 are a true gem in Southern West Virginia and a tremendous tourism draw for the state,” said Delegate White. “These funds will further enhance this tremendous trail system by allowing them to build and repair ATV trails, walking paths, hiking areas, and more needed infrastructure, improving the quality of life in this area for West Virginia families and bringing more revenue to an area of the state which desperately needs it.”
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.