A newly constructed hiking trail will open soon at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County. The three-mile hiking and biking "Cairns Trail" meanders through a remote area of Stonewall Resort and connects two existing trails: the Heveners Trail and the Autumn Laurel Brooke Trail.
Park Superintendent Sam England has been involved in the creation of the trail to make it easier for guests to explore the cairns in the northern section of the park.
"The area is one of the better locations for seeing the diversity of the stoneworks that some believe to be American Indian artifacts," England said. "The trail passes through several cairn fields and along a rock formation referred to as a standing stone. We often call it the enigmatic rock. The large flat-faced stone is a true puzzle. How it can have the distinctive shape, location and markings creates interesting discussions."
The Cairn Trail development, construction and associated work were funded by a recreational trails program grant with more than $66,000 provided by the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways and the Federal Highways Administration through the Recreational Trails Program. More than $16,000 in matching funds were provided by the Stonewall State Park Foundation through private individual giving.
"Without the support from our foundation, we wouldn't be able to consider these types of projects," England said. "It's a great tribute to not only Stonewall Resort, but also the park system to have so many good people preserving unique findings and development of outdoor experiences such as hiking and biking trail development."
A new park trails map is being designed; however, the resort staff can't provide hikers and bikers with information about the new trail until the map is ready.
Stonewall Resort is located in Lewis County, near Weston, minutes from Exit 91 at Roanoke. Stonewall's slogan is "Close to Nature. Far from Ordinary."
"Visitors will find the trails, landscape and natural beauty of the area exceed the slogan expectations," England said.
To contact Stonewall Resort, call 304-269-7400 or visit online at www.stonewallresort.com.