NOTE: a 2-mile portion of the AHT (Mile 15-17) is closed for highway construction south of Parsons in Tucker County. Nearby MNF trails, including Shingle Tree and South Haddix, have also been impacted. Please check for updated information before venturing into these areas.
The AHT offers 31 miles of non-motorized recreation with exceptional scenery, from small towns and rural farmland to wooded forests and sweeping riverside vistas. Country roads form loops along the trail for a variety of pleasant bike rides. The adjacent Monongahela National Forest beckons mountain bikers and hikers to explore woodsy single track.
The AHT is being built by the West Virginia Division of Highways as bicycle accommodation and mitigation for the Appalachian Corridor H highway. In 2017, five miles of trail was added in Tucker County near Davis. The Randolph County Development Authority and the WVDOH partnered to complete a section from the Highland Park trailhead to the Elkins Depot in 2019.
The first 21-mile section of the AHT was built in 2001 from Elkins in Randolph County to Parsons in Tucker County. In 2004, an additional 2.63 miles of trail was completed by the WVDOH from the MNF Nursery Bottom at Bretz to Hendricks in Tucker County. Trail construction through the City of Parsons in 2006 added another mile to the AHT.
The City of Parsons took possession of the historic Western Maryland RR Bridge on the trail route in 2009. The bridge was refurbished and decked for trail use; a ribbon cutting took place in May 2011 in conjunction with the HTF. The Black Fork River bridge, also in Parsons, was replaced by the WVDOH in 2010. Construction of trail from the RR bridge through Mill Race Park to the new bridge connected existing trail sections to make nearly 25 continuous miles of scenic rail-trail from Elkins (Randolph County) to Hendricks (Tucker County).
A separate section of trail completed in 2017 north of Thomas near Davis in conjunction with Corridor H added five miles, while the long-awaited Elkins Rail Trail Connector project from Highland Park to the Elkins Depot added one more mile and finished the trail in Randolph County. A total of 31 miles of trail is now completed and Randolph and Tucker counties.
The HTF continues working to extend the Allegheny Highlands Trail in Tucker County.