Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.
Ferry County will use this grant to resurface 8.42 miles of the 25 mile long non-motorized Ferry County Rail Trail. This project includes resurfacing of a 2.28 mile long segment of the trail along the west side of Curlew Lake and a 6.14 mile segment that passes through the town of Curlew and north along the Kettle River. The existing surface of the trail includes coarse ballast in places that makes use by pedestrians and bicyclists difficult. Placement of a compacted crushed rock surface will create an accessible surface suitable for all non-motorized use. The project will expand Ferry County’s current trail holdings and allow for a variety of non-motorized recreational uses including biking, walking, and winter activities such as cross country skiing. The project will also develop a new trailhead parking area at Black’s Beach which will include the installation of a restroom facility. Finally, the project will deck the bridge over Trout Creek adjacent to the new trailhead at Black’s Beach. The primary recreational opportunities provided by the project will be biking, cross country skiing, and walking.