The Highlands Trail Foundation worked closely with the Randolph County Development Authority and the WV Division of Highways in a joint effort to complete the construction of a section of the Allegheny Highlands Trail from its southern trailhead at Highland Park to the Elkins Depot.
Funded by a TEP grant awarded to the RCDA in 2009 as well as generous support from the WVDOH , the “Rail-Trail Connector” was completed in 2019. The connector project added nearly a mile to the AHT. The HTF is grateful for the support of our partners in accomplishing this long awaited goal.
Constructed by the WV Division of Highways in conjunction with the Corridor H highway, the AHT follows the former Western Maryland Railway route for 26 miles from Elkins to Hendricks. An additional 5 miles of trail was completed in conjunction with highway construction near Davis in 2017. A total of 31 miles of trail has now been built in Randolph and Tucker counties.
Highlands Trail Foundation was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization dedicated to creating recreational and alternate transportation opportunity through development of a regional trail system in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. The Allegheny Highlands Trail is the backbone of that system.