The Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, formerly known as the Kanawha Gateway Heritage Area, is a 501C-3 non-profit organization founded in July 2006 through a cooperative agreement between the Mason and Putnam County Commissions and the Greater Kanawha Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. The coalition was created to support projects that encourage heritage education and tourism throughout the communities of the lower Kanawha River Valley. The mission of the Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail is to enhance and promote economic activities, through technical and financial assistance, for the development of a tourism corridor which follows the Kanawha River from Nitro, WV, to Point Pleasant, WV. The intention is to preserve the physical and cultural remains of our unique heritage for the purpose of increasing and developing heritage tourism in Putnam and Mason County, and the promotion of the lower Kanawha River Valley as a destination site to foster economic development in the area. As part of its evolution, Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail has added community improvement to its mission.
The ambitions of our organization:
To raise regional awareness of the appeal of the lower Kanawha River Valley.
To preserve and interpret the lower Kanawha River Valley’s unique historical assets, placing emphasis on the role the area played in the settlement of the west.
To further develop recreational activities in Mason and Putnam County, specifically through the development of biking and hiking trail infrastructure and amenities, such as rest stops and campground facilities.
To develop the economy of the lower Kanawha River Valley through the enhancement and promotion of cultural heritage tourism.
To establish a fundraising program and endowment for Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail to further our activities.
To facilitate community improvement projects.
Corridor Management Plan 2012
View and download our current CMP document by clicking below:
A Local History from Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail!
Former AmeriCorps VISTA Joseph Phillips wrote Along the Kanawha River to document the histories of Buffalo, Eleanor, Winfield, and Nitro through historic photography, including several images from local residents. Along the Kanawha River is available by contacting Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail (see below).
Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail P.O. Box 874 Scott Depot, WV 25560 (304) 937-3088