The Masontown Trailhead on the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail has a gravel parking lot, weather shelter and trailhead sign. MRTC plans to add a restroom facility by rehabbing the 1907 Elkins Coal and Coke Building that is located on the hillside above the trail and near the parking area.
In 2011, the Romanesque-style cut stone building was listed as a WV Endangered Property by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. It needs a new roof, windows, doors, and interior.
Located near mile 13 of the Deckers Creek Trail, it will be the first public restroom facility for the 19-mile rail-trail. For rail-trail users, the next closest facility is at mile 0 at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in Morgantown.
The Masontown Trailhead Facility project is partially funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways. In 2013, MRTC was awarded $92,000 in federal funding from the WV Division of Highways (WVDOH). MRTC is matching this funding with $23,000, the 20% local match that is required to make this project a reality.
The City of Masontown, in Preston County, owns the building and property and has leased it for use as a restroom and mini-park to the Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission (PCPARC). PCPARC will maintain the facility once construction is complete which is anticipated for 2017.
Funders and Partners of the Masontown Trailhead Facility:
- Alpha Associates Engineering
- Deborah Fast
- Division of Highways DOT Recreational Trail Grant Program
- Governor’s Community Participation Grant Program
- Mills Group
- Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission
- Preservation Alliance of WV
- Town of Masontown
- WV Department of Environmental Protection REAP Program