The Northern Panhandle Rail Trail, located in the city of Weirton and Brooke County, is a part of the West Virginia and U.S. Federal rails to trails program. It is secured by a 99-year lease by the city of Weirton through the Weirton Board of Park & Recreation Commissioners, which receives administrative, operational and maintenance assistance from the Weirton Rail Trail Committe
The Panhandle Trail is one of the most popluar recreation outlets in the Tri-State Area. Not only does it serve the residents of Weirton, but many biking, walking and running enthusiasts travel across both the Pennsylvania and Ohio state lines to utilize this nearly 4-mile trail that is tucked away beautifully in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
The Panhandle Trail connects with the Washington County trail as part of the Rails To Trails Conservancy (RTC), which is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to create a nationwide network of trails by converting former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
Open from dawn to dusk, the Panhandle Trail provides a safe and well-maintained outlet for those who love to walk, run or bike and enjoy the outdoors as they do so.
The Weirton Park Board has been approved for a grant of more than $100,000.00 that will allow for resurfacing of the trail. Plans for the project have been submitted and work will begin on the project as soon as those plans are approved by state officials.
For more information on the Panhandle Trail, call the Park Board's main offices at (304) 797-8520.
For more information on how best to partner with the Rail Trail Committee, or volunteer for a work detail, email committee representative David Cline at email@example.com.