Have a local trail that no one can think of a name for or that no one has been on for decades?
Well, naming a trail is SERIOUS BUSINESS. There is no opportunity for messing this up. You need to get it right the first time.
Next time you are in this case, take these steps so you won’t mess it all up for others.
- In West Virginia, You always start out with a plant or animal name.
- Second, you use a noun or object that can be seen in nature.
- Lastly, a geologic noun needs to finish the trail name.
Okay, let’s make some examples:
Tiger Oak Fissure
Squirrel Leaf Ridge
Apple Stump Hill
OF COURSE there are exceptionalities to this rule….
There are a few trails in Stonecoal Wildlife Reserve by the name of Bitch, Rachel, Guillotine, and Eagle which totally defy the previous rule. In my opinion, if you must name a trail a single word; both the trail and the name must be EPIC. If there was a Hors Categorie rated MTB trail, Bitch or Eagle better be it. it just has to be simply, crazy-awesome.
When making a title for your trail, make sure the descriptive nouns are more than capable of expressing how the trail feels. You wouldn’t name the newbie trail BULL BLOOD CLIFF, or the All-Mountain/Downhill trail Peppermint Caterpillar Lane… would you? If you do, just give up alredy.
If someone gives you crap about your trail name, scoff at them and let them know you are doing it right. You are trail naming the wvcycling way.