Walk, Bike, Run and Skate Your Way Through Marion CountyOctober 6, 2016
There are many ways to explore Marion County and a favorite is our rail trails. Once used for train travel, a variety of Marion County’s railways have been converted to multi-use paths that offer the perfect outdoor destination for autumn (or any season, really).
Here are 5 trails that offer an ever-changing kaleidoscope of landscapes for users to enjoy.
Beginning at Pricketts Fort State Park with 3 miles of packed sand surface, this trail extends 14.7 more miles into Monongalia County as the Mon River Trail South. In Monongalia County is is divided by the Caperton Trail. The Mon River Trail North extends into Pennsylvania.
With endpoints at East Fairmont and Pricketts Fort State Park, this trail is 2.5 miles in length with a paved surface. It has a lighted trail tunnel with road access to Route 73 and Morgantown Avenue.
Join fellow runners (and walkers) for the Literacy Volunteers Run to Read Half Marathon Saturday, January 7, 2017. This is a double out & back course (1% grade). Starting on the paved MCTrail running through the Meredith Tunnel and back to Pricketts Fort. The first section is blacktop and about 4.2 miles in length. The second section will be run on the Mon River Trail which is crushed limestone. The race will finish on this trail. This is USATF sanctioned race. Details at http://www.runtoread.org/
The trail features 3 bridges – 510 feet in Everson and 200 feet at Monongah. This is access to the river and various beaches throughout the entire length of the trail. Trail length is 14.5 miles with a paved surface. Road access is at U.S. Route 19 with endpoints at Shinnston and Fairmont.
Located in Mannington with a little over a mile of limestone trail, this trail links to the North Marion Senior Center walking path and crosses through the historic downtown.
Take advantage of Pricketts Fort bike rentals
Across the street from the fort, is the Mon River Trail South and McTrail trailhead. With ample parking, this is the perfect location to access both trails. Bicycles can be rented through the visitor center April through October. Call 304.363.3030 or stop by to reserve bikes.
Trail Rules & Regulations
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all trail users, please observe these regulations:
Helmet are required for cyclists
Always alert others when passing
Pass only one the left. Stay to the right
Please keep pets on a short leash & scoop the poop
Yield to slower traffic
What’s your favorite way to explore Marion County?