Mountain state Trail Alliance

Building a world class trail network connecting communities

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • July 13, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Join is for the second WV TRAIL Talk to learn more about the wonderful world of flatwater trails in West Virginia and efforts to establish the Ohio River Way on a 275-mile stretch of the Ohio River in Ohio and Kentucky. Our speakers include two members of the Governor-appointed WV Flatwater Trail Commission and WV-based watershed organizations that are leading major water quality protection and restoration efforts, as well as an Ohio-based founder and organizer of one of the largest paddling events in the country.

    Amanda Pitzer is the Executive Director of Friends of the Cheat (FOC) and also serves on the WV Flatwater Trail Commission.

    John Burchett is the Vice President and Projects Coordinator with 
    Friends of the Tug Fork River and also serves as a Commissioner for the West Virginia Flatwater Trail Commission.

    Brewster Roads is the Chair of Ohio River Way and founder of the Ohio River Paddlefest.


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    Trail Talks are an opportunity to connect with other trail advocates and managers across the state and to learn from experiences in WV and beyond. These interactive meetings will feature presentations on relevant topics and provide an opportunity to connect with others in small groups.

    About the Speakers

    Amanda Pitzer is the Executive Director of Friends of the Cheat (FOC), West Virginia’s flagship watershed group. Since her tenure began in 2010, FOC has solidified its reputation as a leader in water quality protection and restoration. Once named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, the Cheat River now boasts healthy fisheries from its headwaters to its confluence with the Monongahela. Fueled by clean water and local enthusiasm, a recreation revival is underway as FOC leads both critical local support systems and regional strategies.

    Amanda was named one of West Virginia’s 50 “Wonder Women” by WV Living Magazine and in 2020 she was honored with the National River Hero award. Amanda was appointed by the Governor to serve as one of West Virginia’s first Flatwater Trail Commissioners, and she is a Board member of the newly reinvigorated, statewide trail organization WV TRAIL.

    John Burchett is Vice President and Projects Coordinator with Friends of the Tug Fork River, a nonprofit organization formed to preserve and protect the Tug Fork River and its watershed, raise awareness of its history, and develop recreation, tourism, and economic opportunities for our area. In 2021, the Bloody Mingo Tug Fork Water Trail became a designated West Virginia Flatwater Trail, the eighth river in the state to receive this designation.

    Brewster Roads is the founder and chair of the Ohio River Paddlefest, an annual event in Cincinnati that benefits Adventure Crew, a non-profit that works 24 inner city high schools to get teens out into nature to paddle, bike, hike, camp, fish, climb and more. Now retired, Brewster spent his professional career in the political arena in Greater Cincinnati and served as the Executive Director of Green Umbrella, the non-profit that started Tri-State Trails. Brewster has served on the Ohio River Way Board for nearly 20 years and is the Co-Chair of the Ohio River Recreation Trail.

    Related: Revisit the 2021 WV TRAIL Conference to learn more about the Coal River Trail and “Communicating Trail Impact” from Bill Currey (Coal River Group).


    • July 14, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Freefolk Brewery, 1690 Court St, Fayetteville, WV 25840

    The Freefolk Brewery will be hosting a fundraiser for the Mountain State Trail Alliance. A portion of all beer sales will be donated to MSTA!

    Thank you Freefolk Brewery!!

    • October 28, 2022
    • October 29, 2022

    Save the Date!
    2022 WV TRAIL Conference - October 28-29
    in Beckley, WV

    Registration coming in July!

    2022 WV TRAIL Conference Info


    Hosted by WV TRAIL

Past events

August 08, 2021 Leave No Trace Hot Spot Service Project Opportunity
March 31, 2020 Upper Kanawha County Trails Master Plan Meeting
March 30, 2020 Upper Kanawha County Trails Master Plan Meeting
March 25, 2020 March Public General Membership Meeting
March 15, 2020 Wolf Creek Trail Work Potluck
February 23, 2020 Wolf Creek Trail Work Potluck
September 10, 2019 September Public General Membership Meeting
July 10, 2019 July Public General Membership Meeting
July 10, 2019 July Board of Directors Membership Meeting
May 22, 2019 May Public General Membership Meeting
May 22, 2019 May Board of Directors Membership Meeting
April 27, 2019 Summit Bechtel Reserve Trail Maintenance and Group Ride
April 20, 2019 Needleseye Park - Earth Day - Trail Work Event
March 20, 2019 Fundraiser at Elliott's
March 12, 2019 March Public General Membership Meeting
March 10, 2019 Wolf Creek Trail Work Potluck
February 10, 2019 Wolf Creek Trailwork Potluck
November 27, 2018 CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER November Public General Membership Meeting
November 27, 2018 CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER November Board of Directors Membership Meeting
October 27, 2018 Trail Maintenance Event at Monongahela National Forest
October 20, 2018 Trail Maintenance Event at Monongahela National Forest
August 02, 2018 Summer Membership Drive
July 25, 2018 July Post-Meeting Social
July 25, 2018 July Public General Membership Meeting
July 25, 2018 July Board of Directors Membership Meeting
July 07, 2018 Trail Building at Needleseye Park
March 20, 2018 March Post-Meeting Social
March 20, 2018 March Public General Membership Meeting
February 02, 2018 Fayetteville, WV Dirt Tour
January 09, 2018 January Post-Meeting Social
January 09, 2018 January Public General Membership Meeting
November 07, 2017 November Public General Membership Meeting
November 07, 2017 November Board of Directors Membership Meeting
November 04, 2017 Trail Maintenance at Babcock State Park
October 28, 2017 Trail Maintenance Event at Monongahela NF
September 26, 2017 Public General Membership Meeting
September 26, 2017 Board of Directors Membership Meeting
May 15, 2017 Public General Membership Meeting
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