On June 14, 2007 The Coalition for Recreational Trails awarded their 2007 Annual Achievement Awards in Washington DC. Congressman Nick Joe Rahall was on hand to see Superintendent Ken McClintic of Holly River State Park and Donna Boggs of the Holly River State Park Foundation receive the award for Design and Construction of the Potato Knob Trail.
Congressman Nick J. Rahall, III and Donna Boggs of the Holly River State Park Foundation admire the award, with Bill Robinson, West Virginia State Trail Coordinator, and Ken McClintic, Superintendent of Holly River State Park, looking on.
Potato Knob Trail provides a walkway and a series of steps down to the scenic Upper Falls of the Left Fork of Holly River. Before this trail, the only access to the falls was by scooting down the hill.
The Potato Knob Trail was funded by a 2001 Federal Highways Administration/ West Virginia Recreational Trail Program grant award.
The new boardwalk has opened a beautiful area of Holly River State Park to seniors, the very young, and people with disabilities. In addition, the trail has reduced the environmental impact from people scaling the rugged terrain to visit the scenic Upper Falls of the Left Fork of Holly River, all while meeting USDA Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines.
Steep terrain beyond the overlook provides a condition for departure from the grade requirements in several locations. The trail is approximately 200 feet long over this stretch and has a change in altitude of approximately 120 feet.
The extreme terrain makes compliance with the technical provision for grade impractical. Complying with the grade requirements in these areas would cause the trail to be significantly longer and cause a greater impact on the environment. Steps were constructed to carry the trail over these stretches.
The trail brings visitors to views of the Upper Falls of the Left For of Holly River.
Other 2007 award winners and their categories are:
Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps (CO, NM, WY) - Youth Conservation/Service Corps
Penny Lake Trail (ME) - Accessibility Enhancement
Camp DREAM/Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Collaboration (VT) - Environment and Wildlife Compatibility
Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines (MN) - Education and Communication
Wild Rivers State Trail (WI) - Multiple Use Management and Corridor Sharing
Cary Bayou Trail Phase I and Phase II (TX) - Maintenance and Rehabilitation
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