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.
Okanogan County used this grant for the first phase of development of the Similkameen Trail that will serve as a connector to the Pacific Northwest Trail system and the extensive trail system within Okanogan County. The county acquired two properties totalling 12.39 acres and constructed 1.5 miles of trail from Oroville to the Taber Bypass. In addition, the bridge over the Similkameen River that links the Taber Bypass to the main trail was renovated with concrete decking and a pipe and chain link railing system. The trail is located on an abandoned railroad corridor along the south side of the Similkameen River in a natural and scenic habitat that offers spectacular views of the river and of the Cascade Range in the Pasayten Wilderness.