Pendleton County is about to get a brand new multi-use trail system! We are stoked to announce that development of the Sweetwater Farm Trail Center is under way and planned to be open for Memorial Day weekend 2023, starting with an open house event. This project is a collaboration between Trail Labs and Experience Learning, with design and construction support by Appalachian Dirt.
In the winter of 2021, Experience Learning hired Appalachian Dirt to provide a conceptual design of a trail system at their Sweetwater Farm facility to help better utilize the property and aid in programming. They started dreaming of what could be.
This property is nestled in a truly amazing part of the state, with wide open views of the mountains and complex rolling hills. With stands of Cedar in open, mellow grazing land dappled by white pine and veins of exposed limestone the low terrain is perfect for interesting cross country riding, trail running, and hiking along. Higher locations on the property (3,230′ elevation with 730 feet of relief) offer up mature oak forest with rugged sandstone outcroppings and no shortage of rocky rugged terrain.
More to come in the future!
Not only is the SWF Trail Center creating new trail, it can serve as a hub for a killer weekend of adventuring. SWFTC lies between the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia (home of Spruce Knob) and George Washington National Forest in Virginia (home of Reddish Knob). In between is some of the most beautiful country you’ve ever seen, criss-crossed with top notch gravel and backroads.
Camping, a small cafe, a small rental shop, and cozy hang spots will be a part of the SWFTC experience. Night time at SWF is not to be missed either: stellar star gazing and moonlight night walks are some of the best parts of the farm.