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The Tri-State Trail Initiative: A Vision for Connecting Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania
"Bridging our Nation's Capital to the Great Midwest"
The Tri-State Trails, formed in 2002, is a informal coalition of trail planners and manages in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The group shares a common vision of linking existing trails to develop a trail route from Ohio to Washington, D.C.
The map below provides a conceptual view of how linkages could be made between Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
In 2010-2011, the Ohio River Trail Council received a National Park Service Northeast Region’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) Grant, which provided staff support to the Ohio River Trail and the Tri-State Trail Initiative. The Ohio and West Virginia Field Offices coordinated the Tri State Trail Workshop on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, from 12:30-5pm.
The purpose of the meeting was to build upon efforts started in 2002 and continue to make connections across state lines, to work with multiple groups to update existing and proposed trail maps, identify gaps, communicate needs and concerns, share successes and challenges and continue local efforts as part of a larger system of linking trails.
The focus was on trail corridors across three states and eighteen (18) counties bordering Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The counties included in Pennsylvania: Beaver, Crawford, Erie, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington; in Ohio: Ashtabula, Belmont, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Trumbull; and in West Virginia: Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, and Ohio. All types of trails were included in the discussion -- land and water trails, motorized and non-motorized trails. The report is available for download here.