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3 New Water Trails Designated in West Virginia

Pleasants County

A West Virginia county has designated three new water trails that follow segments of the Ohio River and two tributaries.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Pleasants County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the three St. Marys-area trails on Friday. The Middle Island Creek Water Trail, French Creek Water Trail and Ohio River Wildlife Refuge Water Trail join more than a dozen such trails in West Virginia.

The three paddling routes approved by the West Virginia Recreational Trails feature slow-moving water and fishing and wildlife opportunities. They are limited to non-motorized watercraft.

Pleasants County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jody Murphy says he hopes to work with Tyler County officials to extend the Middle Island Creek Water Trail upstream and eventually include the entire length of the 77-mile (124-kilometer) creek.