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April 20, 2018

4/14/2018 10:06:00 AM
Bath County Supervisors Endorse Trail Extension
News Editor

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution in support of extending the Jackson River Scenic Trail into Bath County.

Supervisors adopted the resolution Tuesday during their regular April meeting.

Alleghany County had asked Bath County to endorse a resolution supporting its efforts to extend the trail into Bath County. Alleghany County is applying for Virginia Department of Transportation funding and VDOT requires a resolution from Bath supervisors, because a portion of the train runs into Bath County.

This segment of the trail will also serve as a trailhead. It follows the former C&O-Hot Springs Branch Railroad rail corridor that runs from the Alleghany/Bath County line north and terminates at Coles Mountain Road with a 1.33-acre trailhead easement that is also owned by Alleghany County.

Alleghany County has completed all phases of the Jackson River Scenic Trail development with the exception of Phase 5, which entails the easements that extend into Bath County. Alleghany County has secured all easements for the trail and the trailhead.

Additionally Tuesday evening, the Bath County Board of Supervisors approved a $5,000 contribution from Fund 16 of its Lodging Tax to Alleghany County that will help officials secure private grant funding.

Since November, Alleghany County has been evaluating grant sources to provide funding to complete the trail. Construction of the trail into Bath County would be Phase V of construction.

Alleghany County officials have said they intended to file an application with the Virginia Department of Transportation to seek $954,000 for Phase V of construction.

The $954,000 would cover 50 percent of the construction cost. County officials said they would ask The Alleghany Foundation to cover the remaining cost.

The annual maintenence cost of the trail portion in Bath County was estimated at $1,500.

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