What is SRRA (Southwest Regional Recreation Authority)?
The Spearhead Trails project was started and initially facilitated by Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Partnership Alliance Marketing division. In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly established the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority (SRRA). The purpose and goal of SRRA is to oversee the development and management of the Spearhead Trail System within the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Wise and the City of Norton.
On November 12th, 2009, the results of a recent five month comprehensive study was presented at a conference held in Norton Virginia that shows that there is tremendous potential for Southwest Virginia to become a “Trail Destination” for ATV riders, bikers, hikers, canoeists, horseback riders, naturalists and others (click here for photos of the conference).
THE PROPOSED TRAIL SYSTEM
Is intended to utilize easements on privately owned lands through cooperative agreements, mainly with large corporate landowners
Will be governed by a state authority, and patrolled by rangers with full law enforcement capabilities
Will require users to abide by a strict set of safety and conduct rules, enforced to protect users and the environment
Can provide economic diversification through development and expansion of businesses such as: outfitters, campgrounds, hotels, cabin rentals, restaurants, gift shops, supplier stores, ATV, bicycle, off-highway motorcycle and equestrian services/sales
OUTDOOR RECREATION IN VIRGINIA IS SIGNIFICANT
21% of Virginia visitors particiate in some form of outdoor recreation
Those visitors spend more than the average travel party ($789 versus $463 per visit)
Those visitors stay longer than the average travel party (3.3 nights versus 2.2 nights)
OTHER STATE TRAIL SYSTEMS
Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, West Virginia. Provides economic output of $7.7 million;
Creates a tax revenue of $622,752;
82% of trail users are likely to return;
Provides $2.7 million in income; and provides 146 jobs.
Secure funding for feasibility study
Form Southwest Virginia Recreation Authority (click here)