The Kanawha Trestle Trail is being developed as a multi–use non-motorized
trail system to connect the Mound in South Charleston to the State Capitol.
Future plans will connect the Elk River Valley via Coonskin Park and
Kanawha City via the 35th Street Bridge. Our group sees this as a 10 to 15
year plan to safely connect the many public, historic, cultural,
educational and recreational properties in our community.
This trail system will preserve and restore two historic and unique rail
structures. One is the CSX Trestle over the Kanawha River built in 1907
that is over 4200 feet long. The other is the Whipple Bridge over the Elk
River built in 1884 and is an early example of iron construction with
impressive cut stone river piers.
This trail project will enhance the livability and attractiveness of
Charleston, South Charleston and the surrounding area as well as create a
greater sense of community and increased civic pride. Last but not least
creating a more walkable community will increase the level of physical
activity among residents, which promotes a healthier life-style.
Please contact us at [email protected]
to find out more about how you can help us bring the trail to life.
To download a copy of the trail map in PDF format click here