New initiative could connect communities in the valley by trail systems

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For the first time ever, different city and state wide leaders came together for an idea. 

A Valley to Valley Trail Initiative to connect all the existing trails from Roanoke all the way to Galax. 

The sounds of the Roanoke Greenway could soon be heard valley to valley. 

It’s just an idea right now, but the concept of connecting communities through a trail system is music to locals ears like Stephanie and Michael Leona and of course their dog Pepper. 

“I think people are always looking for new and fun things to do and connecting different trails and being able to kinda explore different areas is a really good idea,” said Stephanie and Michael Leona who are Roanoke locals. 

Thursday, city and state officials came together to see how this idea on a map can become a reality. 

 “You gotta start somewhere, so that’s why we wanted to start here today with bringing the key players in our region together and making sure we’re starting  the conversation and energizing that moving forward,” said April DeMotts, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. 

“They could do a whole trail from here I mean 50 plus miles, that would be pretty incredible if that was something that was available,” said Stephanie and Michael Leona who are Roanoke locals. 

The trail initiative could also help tourism in our area.  

“Somebody could get on a bike say in Roanoke and ride the trail all the way down to Wythville stopping in hotels along the way, eating at restaurants along the way and really venturing into all of the communities along the trail and exploring everything our region has to offer while taking advantage of the trail system,” said April DeMotts, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors

Expanding the region by taking the steps or bike if you prefer forward to make the valley a better place to live for people.

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