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Charleston's 100-mile trail in beginning stages

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Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, WV Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, WV

Around the city of Charleston, WV there are several  "natural trails" where someone can walk, hike and bike.

A grassroots effort is now underway to create a 100-mile trail system in the city to link those trails together. The city is trying to model their plan off  one in Boise, Idaho that liked 130 miles of "natural trails" together called Ridge to Rivers.

Charleston resident Jeff Hall comes out to an area called Carriage Trail most days with his two Boykin Spaniels. The idea to link the city's nature trials together intrigues him. "I think it's wonderful recreational project. I hope it comes true here in Charleston," said Hall. Not only would the trails be beneficial to the city, but likely attract others to the area."

 "To have visitors come here and to have that type of amenity is a huge attraction," said Tom Lane, a member of  Charleston City Council and part of the city's Land and Trust. The trails could even provide new businesses opportunities. "We want to provide access to quality walking shoes, running shoes and bike shops. If you're coming to visit we want an area where you can go rent a bike and tour Charleston," said Susie Salisbury, a member of city council and VP of Economic Development.

A project this size will take some funding, but Susie that won't become an issue. "I'm optimistic. We do have a lot of professional expertise that is supporting us having an opportunity. We are wild and wonderful West Virginia take advantage of it and use it,"  says Salisbury.