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Southwest Virginia's Spearhead Trails system to be featured on Outdoor Channel

staff report • Mar 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

ST. PAUL — Southwest Virginia’s still-developing Spearhead Trails system will be showcased on the Outdoor Channel on Monday.

Brian Fisher, host of the “Fisher’s ATV World” series, will feature the Spearhead Trail’s Mountain View system. Air times are 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EST.

The trail segment located near the town of St. Paul in Wise County will be featured as part of Fisher’s “Keepin’ It Real” tour.

“Our visit to the Spearhead Trails was a great experience. They have riding for everyone of any skill level with a good amount of moderate to difficult trails, which is what I enjoy the most,” Fisher said in a Spearhead Trails press release.

“The ability to ride downtown to get what you need makes it a really convenient place to camp and ride. Spearhead Trails will be one of the East Coast’s premiere hot spots for off-road riding. We’re looking forward to going back in the near future to check out even more trails.”

The Mountain View system will open with approximately 75 miles of ATV trails with planned trailheads near or in St. Paul. Permits will go on sale in May and the system is expected to open in June.

“We’re being sort of hush-hush about the details right now to generate excitement and to give our ‘patron’ riders a chance for some VIP experiences before we open to the general public,” said Chuck Riedhammer, executive director of the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority.

Spearhead Trails is a regional initiative to develop and manage revenue producing multi-use trail systems across the seven-county “Heart of Appalachia” region. Operating as part of the SRRA, Spearhead Trails currently has several trail projects planned for the region.

“We are very excited to be featured on such a prominent and popular television show,” Riedhammer said. “This will bring a great deal of attention to our region and soon the world will know what a great place Southwest Virginia is to plan a trip, or plan a lifetime. We have unmatched opportunities for business and pleasure, and a quality of life you won’t find anywhere else.”

The trail systems will “spark a flurry of new business opportunities, increase sales tax and visitor spending, and generate local economic impact,” he said

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