Raleigh County Parks and Recreation Authority announces The Grand Opening of the Clear Fork Rail Trail Phase I

Raleigh County Parks and Recreation will hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of the opening of the first phase of the Clear Fork Rail Trail near Whitesville, WV at Jerrold’s Valley located at 101 Rich Lane, Whitesville, WV 25209.

Thank you for inviting us to be a part of the ceremonies and celebration. The turnout of community support for this new trail was wonderful to see for the area.

Watch the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony video here

The Raleigh County Parks and Recreation Authority and the Raleigh County Commission with funding from Raleigh County Commission, WV DEP Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization, and the National Coal Heritage Authority completed construction on the first 4.87 miles of the non-motorized, multi-use trail. This segment of trail is the first phase of two phases for a total 14.6-mile trail.

The trail follows the old CSX rail line along the Clear Fork River. The trail takes its visitors down a hard packed gravel surface trail, along rock walls, over trussells; with stunning views of the Clear Fork River, waterfalls and lush forest.

The new, Jarrold’s Valley Trailhead at 101 Rich Lane, Whitesville, WV 25209, is just 4 miles from the Clear Fork Rail Trail Waterfall, one of the waterfalls on the WV Waterfall Trail…/clear-fork-rail-trail-waterfall/ The falls are only a half mile from the Gardner Trailhead in Gardner Branch ( 37°57’29.4″N 81°29’04.2″W )

The engineering for the trail was done by Chapman Technical, environmental review by the Thrasher Group, and construction by the Aspen Corporation. Special thanks to Alpha Metallurgical Resources for the donation of capping material and the trailhead kiosk.

For more information, please visit our website call 304-934-5323, or email


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