SAN-supported companion resolutions (H.R. 22/ S.R. 43) calling for the creation of a semi-contiguous off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail that would run parallel to the Appalachian Hiking Trail were approved by the West Virginia State Legislature. This pro-hobby action is thanks to the efforts of State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus Chairman Del. Gary Howell and Sen. Mark Maynard. It is part of an effort to create an interstate OHV trail system that would allow enthusiasts to drive from Alabama to Maine via OHV. If built, it would connect with existing OHV trails and off-road parks to help stimulate additional outdoor recreation activities.
With approval, copies of the resolutions will be sent to the legislatures of the states home to the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine with the addition of Alabama which lies to the west of Georgia and the trail. The approved resolutions count West Virginia as being among states seeking to promote the growth of off-road recreation and the marketplace it supports.
Congratulations and thank you to those who supported this effort!