Bold Plan for Piney Creek

The Piney Creek trail is a bold plan to connect Beckley to the New River Gorge National River via a hiking/biking trail extending through the Piney Creek Gorge. The project is a cooperative endeavor among Piney Creek Watershed Association, Raleigh County Cycle Club, National Park Service, and Raleigh County Airport Authority with support from the Raleigh County Commission and the City of Beckley. The 12 mile trail will permit access to the most remote and scenic portions of the Piney Creek Watershed. (See the attached map.)

The initial 2.5 mile section of the trail near the Raleigh County Memorial Airport was created with the help of Boy Scouts during the National Scout Jamboree in July 2013. Over four days, 80 scouts per day helped to clear brush, move rocks, cut roots, and dig and level the trail. “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Gary Morefield, PCWA board member, told the scouts. “This trail is something I’ve been dreaming of for eight years.”

Click this link to read a scouts perspective on the trail effort:

Venturers from Hawaii, Colo. complete day of service with a smile

The plan for the trail includes a trail head near the YMCA soccer complex. An existing abandoned roadbed will carry the trail down into the gorge from the soccer fields and utilize abandoned bridge piers to cross the creek. A side trail will extend to the ruins of the Beckley Mill, an area currently under development by the city of Beckley as a scenic and historic site.
Once across the creek the trail will climb up the airport before again descending into the gorge heading toward the mouth of Piney Creek at the New River where the trail will connect with planned National Park trail system.

Once completed the trail will provide allow access to some of the most beautiful and picturesque areas of Raleigh County and contribute to peoples appreciation for our watershed resources.