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News Release: July 5, 2016


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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Sam England, Parks and Recreation Section Chief 304-558-2764 DNR.Parks@wv.gov  

Flood damage closes part of Greenbrier River Trail; all other West Virginia state parks fully operational

BUCKEYE, W.Va. – Recent flood damage has closed a portion of the Greenbrier River Trail (GRT), according to West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England. 

The GRT north of Mile Post 14.4 at Anthony is a mixture of lengths of good trail and flood-affected spots. Everything south of Mile Post 14.4 is closed because of one major mud slide, numerous downed trees, culvert washouts and other flood damages.

"The worst damage is at Mile Post 13 between Keister and Anthony, which has a huge rock slide. It's a mountain of loose rock about 400 feet long and maybe 150 feet high that extends into the Greenbrier River," England said. "Tons of rock will have to be hauled away to clear the area. Our staff is working to reopen other portions of the trail, but this section will take a long while to clear and repair."

The GRT is a 78-mile long rail trail operated by West Virginia State Park system. The trail closely mirrors its namesake, the Greenbrier River. Anyone planning to use the trail in the coming days should contact the GRT office at 304-799-7416 or check the West Virginia State Parks website at www.wvstateparks.com for the latest trail conditions.

All other West Virginia State Park and Forest areas have recovered from the recent storms and flooding and are open and operating as usual. Call the central park office at 304-558-2764 or visit www.wvstateparks.com for information about individual parks.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce A major rock slide has closed the Greenbrier River Trail South of Renick.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce A major rock slide has closed the Greenbrier River Trail South of Renick.