To build the 34 mile Sheepskin Trail
THE missing link to nationally significant trail systems, when completed this trail’s connection to the Great Allegheny Passage and the Potomac National Heritage Trail with the WV Mon River Trail system will create an abundance of recreational, cultural and heritage opportunities. From hiking and biking and discovering the regions industrial and historic heritage , the charm of the small communities and “patch” towns to the development of greenways that invite adventures including “paddle and peddle”, fishing and more – the Sheepskin Trail opens the door for the positive economic impact not only through tourism but by attracting new residents and businesses who want to live, work, play and prosper in this region.
The National Road Heritage Corridor (NRHC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is Fayette County (owner of the trail site) trail development management partner (www.nationalroadpa.org).
As one of twelve state designated heritage areas under the Department of Conservation and National Resource’s Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program, the NRHC designation represents recognition of the Historic National Road’s wealth of historic, cultural, scenic and recreational resources and potential as a tourism destination. Established in 1994, the Historic National Road was named a state scenic byway in 1995 and a National Scenic Byway All-American Road in 2002.
The organization works to advocate for, build awareness of, and encourage the conservation of the cultural, historic, natural, recreational and economic resources along the Historic National Road and within in region through education and interpretation vis-à-vis community development, in a manner that promotes partnerships among the region’s many stakeholders. Grassroots in its approach, the National Road Heritage Corridor relies strongly on the people and communities along the corridor to accomplish its mission and goals.
In total, since the National Road Heritage Corridor began its operations in 1995, the NRHC has delivered state and federal grant funds and leveraged additional investments in the region in excess of $11 million.
Along with its work as a state designated heritage area and a national and state scenic byway, the NRHC is engaged with several partners in the region and serves as a member of several boards and committees to advance conservation and aide the growth and sustainability of one of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading industries – tourism.