Marion County Trail (MCTrail)

West Virginia

Marion County Trail (MCTrail) Facts

States: West Virginia
Counties: Marion
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Mon River Trail South at Prickett's Fort State Park and Morgantown Ave. (Fairmont)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017352
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Marion County Trail (MCTrail) Description

The Marion County Trail—better known as the MCTrail—runs for nearly 3 miles along Pricketts Creek through rural Marion County. The trail's main highlight is a 1,200-foot lighted tunnel (Meredith Tunnel) under Speedway Avenue and Suncrest Boulevard.

The paved trail begins near Prickett's Fort State Park, a reconstructed fort originally built on the frontier of what was then known as Virginia in 1774. Less than a century later, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad came through, and it is upon this old right-of-way that the MCTrail sits. At Prickett's Fort, you can connect with the Mon River Trail South to continue into Morgantown.

Parking and Trail Access

Park on the north end of the MCTrail at Prickett's Fort State Park or on the south end on Morgantown Avenue in Fairmont.

Marion County Trail (MCTrail) Reviews

Nice trail for just getting started in biking. Good for families with young children. Easy to find. Well maintained. Very quaint. Short and sweet. very cool in tunnel.

This is a dandy little trail! It is in pristine condition and paved the entire length. Pricket's Fort is an outstanding place of interest to begin a round trip bike-ride for the family. The ride is highlighted by a long, lit railroad tunnel.

When I rode through on July 27th, 2015, there was a dark section of tunnel where two lights were out (needs fixed) - which was a little spooky by myself.

I highly recommend this trail if you are in the mood for a short little 6 mile round trip jaunt.

Prickett's Fort is a great place for a picnic and a short easy hike. The MCTrail goes up over the hill towards the Fairmont city limits. The path is paved (asphalt) and can be walked in about 50min. The 400m tunnel was built in 1914 and is impressive and cool in the summer months. I have lived in the area for many years and never knew there was such a tunnel under Speedway Ave. There are signs that name a few of the trees on the path, and birdhouses abound along the trail. The northern end of the park starts the Southern end of the Mon River Trail. Overall a great trail/path for the family.

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