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 used grant 14-1677D to resurface a total of 8.42 miles of the 25-mile non-motorized Ferry County Rail Trail. This project included resurfacing of a 2.28-mile segment of the trail along the west side of Curlew Lake from Pete’s Retreat south to Herron Creek Road. This completed the Curlew Lake section of the rail trail which is entirely ADA accessible. Also surfaced with crushed rock was a 7.19-mile segment that passes through the town of Curlew and north along the Kettle River. The 3.14-mile section from Lundimo Meadows Road north to the tunnel is ADA accessible. The previous surface of the trail included coarse ballast in places that made use by pedestrians and bicyclists difficult. Placement of compacted crushed rock resulted in a surface suitable for all non-motorized use. The project expanded Ferry County’s trail systems and allows for a variety of non-motorized recreational uses including biking, walking, and winter activities such as cross- country skiing. The project also developed a trailhead at Black’s Beach which included an ADA accessible parking surface and connector to the trail surface, installation of a vault toilet and upgraded Kiosk. Also, a vault toilet was installed at the Kiwanis Trailhead at the north end of Curlew Lake. The Phase 3 project included decking the trestle over Trout Creek just north of the improved trailhead at Black’s Beach. The primary recreational opportunities provided by the project will be biking, cross country skiing, and walking.