The Highlands Trail Foundation continues to work closely with the WV Division of Highways in a joint effort to complete the construction of a section of the Allegheny Highlands Trail from its present southern trailhead at Highland Park to the Elkins Depot.
Funded by a TEP grant awarded to the Randolph County Development Authority in 2009, the “Rail-Trail Connector” project will connect the AHT from Highland Park to the Elkins Rail Yard. Changes in design management allowed the project to move forward in 2014. Construction is expected in 2016.
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.
Constructed by the WV Division of Highways in conjunction with the Corridor H highway, the AHT follows the former Western Maryland Railway route for 25 miles from Elkins to Hendricks. The connector project will add nearly a mile to the trail.