‘Co-op Trail’ dedicated at Pocahontas Park
CHESTERFIELD — Pocahontas State Park’s newest trail was dedicated on New Year’s Day when America’s State Parks offered guided First Day Hikes. Joshua Ellington, Pocahontas State Park manager, expressed how grateful he was to the sponsors that made donations to the grant project that kicked off the hiking-specific trail: REI $20,000, Dominion Energy $10,000, Altria $5,000 and Ragnar Relay $500. “The cooperation between all of them and their generosity made it possible for our newest trail, which is justly named … ‘Co-op Trail,’” Ellington said.
The multiple financial sponsors and volunteer labor made it possible for the new trail that runs along the north shore of Swift Creek Lake to be carved out. Jeff Samuels, director of Hiking Trails with the Friends of Pocahontas, expressed his gratitude to the volunteers, Virginia State Parks staff and organized working groups from Altria who poured hours of labor into the single-use trail desired by the public.
Celebrating the opening of Co-op Trail at Pocahontas State Park on Jan. 1 are (left to right) Grant Smith, manager at REI Richmond; Jeff Samuels, director of hiking trails with the Friends of Pocahontas; Clark Jones, trails coordinator for Pocahontas State Park; Pocahontas State Park Ranger Red Fox; and Joshua Ellington, Pocahontas State Park manager.