Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 10, 2014

Southwest Regional Recreation Authority to operate Spearhead Trail

TAZEWELL,Va. — Tazewell County authorities have inked an agreement with the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority for the operation of the new Spearhead Trail.

The county Board of Supervisors approved a memorandum of understanding agreement last week with the regional authority. The agreement would allow the SRRA to operate the trail in Tazewell County once it is constructed, Southern District Supervisor Mike Hymes said.

The Spearhead Trail is a project of the Southwest Regional Recreational Authority. It is proposed to ultimately extend through seven Southwest Virginia counties. It also has the potential to connect or link with the existing Hatfield-McCoy Trail in southern West Virginia near the towns of Pocahontas, Va., and Bramwell creating a two-state tourism link for the region. The first section of the Spearhead Trail opened last year in Wise County.

 “Tazewell County will be the group to perform the construction on the trail, but we cannot begin construction until we have received all the executed easements from Pocahontas Land Corporation,” Mike Hymes said last week.

 The Virginia General Assembly created the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority in 2009 for the purpose of overseeing the development and management of the seven-county Spearhead Trail system. The intent was to create a new economic development and tourism engine for Southwest Virginia through the development of new trails for ATV riders, bikers, hikers, horseback riders, naturalists and others.

 The trail will be 31 miles in length when completed and will have a significant economic impact on the Pocahontas area once it is opened,” Hymes added.

 — Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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