Since 1991, the non-profit Mon River Trails Conservancy continues its work to construct, manage, and maintain the Mon River and Deckers Creek Rail-Trails for walking, running, cycling, and cross- country skiing.
This 48-mile linear park that transects three counties in North Central WV, continues to create and advance opportunities for recreation, alternative transportation, tourism, economic development, historic preservation, healthy lifestyles, and environmental conservation.
Through innovative collaboration with community partners, government officials, and a diverse volunteer base, our trail corridors and waterfronts continue to be transformed from industrial wastelands to national examples of economic and environmental renewal.
HOW WE WORK
The MRTC focus is to manage, maintain, promote and improve the Mon River and Deckers Creek Rail-Trails.
Our projects are funded by local, regional and federal grants, membership donations, and fundraising campaigns and events. A successful passing of the Monongalia County Parks and Trails Levy in 2016 and in 2020 is funding our rail-trail maintenance crew for routine maintenance. In addition, the city of Morgantown and Marion County Commission provide funding for routine trail up-keep.
All funding is crucial for what we do- from building neighborhood connector trails, printing trail maps, to purchasing maintenance equipment and developing trailheads.
MRTC is also an active partner in the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, an effort to create a nearly continuous 1,400-mile multi-use trail through Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. The Mon River Rail-Trails are a part of the P2P corridor that once completed will be a 180-mile rail-trail from Parkersburg, WV to Pittsburgh, PA.