By Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

MARION, Va. (AP) - Trail realignment efforts in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area are on hold.

The proposed realignment in Smyth, Grayson, Wythe and Carroll counties has drawn opposition from horse riders.

U.S. Forest Service area ranger Beth Merz says in a news release that the agency wants to refocus efforts to understand the public’s needs. She says she plans to meet with individuals, groups, and county and tourism officials to learn more about how the trails are used and other issues and ideas.

The Bristol Herald Courier ( ) reports that the Forest Service’s plan included the possible closure of 200 miles of user-created horse trails.

Merz says the Forest Service doesn’t plan to issue citations for riding user-created trails until it completes a trail inventory and assessment.


Information from: Bristol Herald Courier,

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