National Recreation Trails Database


Trail Description Continued

Since work began on the Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) Trail System in 2005, trails have evolved from a 4-mile discontinuous collection of highly eroded and unsustainable paths to a 6.5-mile system of maintained, multiuse trails. Sustainable trail building techniques endorsed by the USDA-Forest Service, Appalachian Mountain Club, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association have been utilized to develop new trails and to reclaim and connect severely degraded sections. The Trail System has been strategically planned and constructed to allow eventual connections to adjacent landholder properties including Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, public lands within the Monongahela National Forest, private Vandalia Heritage Foundation properties, and to the regionally significant Heart of the Highlands Trail, and Allegheny Highlands Trail. Planning, construction, and maintenance work has largely been accomplished by volunteer labor using recycled and donated materials, on-site building materials, and other resources. This has allowed construction and improvements to be completed at approximately 50% less than the original cost estimated per mile. Local businesses and trail advocate groups have been part of the planning process and have promoted and encouraged the use of the trail for competitive trail events and by the visiting public from the surrounding area and other geographic regions of the country. Additionally, the trail offers a safe and easily accessible option for users from the adjacent town of Davis, WV, for short hikes, dog-walking, and bicycling, encouraging the overall health of the community. Notable and beneficial partnerships have also formed with the educational community. Several field trips have been conducted by local school classes on the system. A local alternative school has volunteered 1,000 hours in two years to build or repair the trails. Trails have also been planned to provide exposure to fragile high-elevation wetlands, streams, meadows, and upland forest without causing damage to these features. Certain trail sections use an old wagon road which passes near an historic farm site, both built around 1900 and associated with the logging history of the area. Additional routes and improvements are planned for the future that encourages connectivity, community involvement, and appropriate utilization of the trail's natural, cultural, and historic assets.


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This website provides access to the National Recreation Trail (NRT) database, a collection of information on the various trails which have been designated as NRT's. These trails are located throughout the United States and U.S. territories. The amount of information may vary from trail to trail. If you need more information than is available on this site, please use the contact(s) listed for that trail. (If no contacts, are listed, you may request help from American Trails at

The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: