The gem of Friends of the Cheat’s rail-trail projects is the Cheat River rail-trail, an approximate eight-mile corridor paralleling the Cheat River from Manheim to Morgan Run. The corridor is nearly flat with outstanding natural scenery and access to the Cheat River Narrows. This greenway is a top priority among FOC’s recreation projects and has been slowly progressing for over a decade. The cooperation and commitment of Greer Industries is integral to the advancement of this project. In 2012, the West Virginia State Rail Authority agreed to own the property with FOC serving as the Trail Manager. The purchase of the property from CSXT is pending.
When completed, the non-motorized rail-trail will offer unparalleled access to the unique and beautiful Cheat River and link to FOC’s Preston Site project which includes plans for a trail-head and long term dream of a Cheat River Interpretive Center to house the offices of FOC.