The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) is pleased to announce the implementation of Phase I of the Nicholas County ATV Trail System Project scheduled to begin in October.  Phase I, a collaborative effort of the Nicholas County Commission, the Cities of Richwood and Summersville, and the Richwood and Summersville CVBs and NRGRDA, will explore the possibility of generating an off road trail system near or within the City of Richwood, West Virginia.  The proposed project would be facilitated through generous community support and partnership agreements with Plum Creek Properties, Inc.

Nicholas County Commissioner John Miller hailed the announcement: “As an alumnus of Richwood High School, I am excited about the potential this project brings as it relates to providing a much needed economic boost for our area. A project such as this has been a personal dream of mine for a very long time.”

Nicholas County Commissioner Ken Altizer concurred adding, “This project, once operational, would add to our growing tourism economy and have a positive county-wide economic impact. I truly appreciate the collaborative efforts that have led us to the first phase.”

Richwood Mayor Robert Johnson agreed: “What an opportunity this project brings to us to stimulate business in our city and the region, including future spin-off enterprises and tourism initiatives.”

Phase I of the project will include the initial drafting of between 75 and 100 miles of trails suitable for dirt bikes ATVs and Side by Sides; generate cost estimates associated with the construction of trails; determine the best location for the trailhead; identify supporting income generating activities; and recommend operational budgets and a strategic marketing plan for branding the new Trail System. Phase I is expected to take 3 to 4 months to complete.

Results of the Phase 1 assessment will be presented in January.

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