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Rail bikes coming to Clay County this summer

Information and photos provided by Elk River Trail Foundation, Sam Kirk, WBOY and the WV Department of Transportation

May 1, 2024

The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) and Rail Explorers have announced J. G. Bradley Campground in nearby Clay County will soon have a new attraction for visitors. Rentals will be available this summer for pedal-powered rail bikes. These bikes are available for all ages and come equipped with an electric motor to assist riders when they need a break or help from pedaling!  The bikes run on the rails of the historic Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad line that runs along Buffalo Creek from Dundon to Widen through beautiful, rural countryside. The railroad was a central feature of the historic, bloody Widen Coal Mine Strike of 1952-53.

This will be the Rail Explorers’ seventh location in six states according to a new release from Cindy Butler, Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities. There will also be a new parking lot and rail spur built for this project.

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