According to the newly revised Virginia Outdoors Plan, the state is calling for a solid focus on the expansion of tourism and economic opportunities through projects of outdoor recreation and land conservation.
The “Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers” proposal suggests putting several projects into motion that will protect and strengthen the natural resources of the central Valley. A key element to the plan is to carry out the remaining steps of the Linville Creek Greenway plan to provide extensive opportunities for fishing and boating to residents and visitors along with a link to nearby commercial, residential and public sites.
Several hikers that are part of the Southern Shenandoah Valley chapter of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club feel this project should be fully executed since it will greatly benefit the community. By providing a closer commute to outdoor recreation, the area will receive a wider range of outdoor enthusiasts hiking and biking the greenways.
In addition to the Linville Creek Greenway plan, the program calls for regional and local organizations to increase water access on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River as well as create a “blueway” to connect Broadway, Timberville and New Market along the North Folk of the river.
The plans also suggests the creation of new trails to connect the George Washington Forest, Jefferson National Forest, Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail to the neighboring areas of Elkton, Grottoes, Waynesboro and Buena Vista.