PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — More than 50 miles of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers have been designated as a water trail to highlight the recreational options available in Wood County.

The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau says in a news release that the West Virginia Recreational Trails Advisory Board granted the new designation, which will be celebrated Saturday at the annual Parkersburg Paddlefest event, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported ( ).

“I think it brings together a lot of the resources we have in the county and highlights them,” Lloyd Roberts, Wood County Alternative Transportation Council chairman, said. “You put all that together and you’ve got something that you can really market.”

The alternative transportation council spearheaded the project, working with various organizations to showcase the scenic, wildlife and historical opportunities along the route made up of 39 miles of the Ohio River and 18 miles of the Little Kanawha.

“We tried to include entities across the Ohio,” Roberts said. “We’ve tried to … make it not just Wood County, but regional as well.”

According to Mark Lewis, executive director of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the group is working to create a website for the trail and printing maps.

Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.),

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