LYBURN, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito visited Logan County August 11.
Capito was given a presentation on the ongoing work on the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System before taking a tour of a local distillery and enjoying a ride on the Rockhouse system of the Hatfield and McCoy Trails.
Capito was given an update on the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System by Jeff Lusk, executive director of the Hatfield and McCoy Trail Authority.
Lusk noted the trail system stretches for nearly 600 miles over 500,000 acres of land across southern West Virginia.
The trail system continues to grow in popularity as Lusk commented permits are up 7.5 percent this year.
More than 83 percent of permits sold for the trails go to out-of-state travelers.
The trail authority is also seeking to expand the system.
Projects in Kanwaha, Boone and Mercer counties were discussed at the meeting.
The group hopes to connect Twin Falls State Park to an existing trail system in Mullens.
Lusk added the group soon hopes to open 60 miles of trails in Boone and Kanawha Counties and 100 miles of trails near Oceana.
At the end of the presentation, Capito pledged to provide support where she could for the group’s upcoming projects.
Capito was then given a tour of the local moonshine distillery Mountain Mama Moonshine in Man, W.Va.
Owners Bill Copley and Chris Trent showed Capito the ages old process they employee in producing their product and showcased their business as a stop for trail riders.
Lusk then provided Capito with a tour of the southern West Virginia mountains on the most popular Rockhouse Trail System.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]