Construction will begin in the summer for the last Randolph County piece of the Appalachian Highlands Trail.
Randolph County Development Authority accepted a bid from J.F. Allen of Buckhannon for the completion of the Rail Trail Connector. The one-mile piece will add a trailhead at the train depot in downtown Elkins.
“Recreational tourism is a big driver of our economy, not just locally but regionally. Adding this kind of an asset to Elkins and Randolph County was significant for us,” said RCDA Executive Director Robbie Morris.
The development authority received a grant for the trail in 2010 from the West Virginia Division of Highways.
Officials said the connector will take a year to construct once work begins.