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WVU Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative celebrates new trail openings


The West Virginia University Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative is a few steps closer to delivering trail access within a mile of every home in Morgantown. 

This week marks the official opening of the initial three miles for the new West Run Woods Trail System, a purpose-built, multi-use trail project. The new trail system aligns with the Collaborative’s mission to tap into the economic and social benefits of the outdoors for the betterment of the entire state.

“Outdoor recreation differentiates our area from other places people could choose to live, study and work,” President Gordon Gee​ said. “West Virginia University’s land-grant purpose is to improve the quality of life in our state, and these projects, fueled by a collaborative community spirit, are important drivers for this region’s future. They will help our University attract and retain the best faculty, students, staff and health care professionals. And they will help all of us who live here discover the sense of balance at the heart of a purposeful life.”

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