RITCHIE CO., W.Va. (WTAP) - Part of North Bend State Park in Ritchie County, W.Va., will be dedicated into the Old-Growth Forest Network, in a ceremony on Sunday.
North Bend State Park covers 2,500 acres, but a 25-acre section of the park is known as the Giant Tree Trail and Hollow Forest.
15 of those acres exhibit all the characteristics of an old-growth forest.
Four tree species within those 15 acres reach height records for West Virginia.
The largest known White Pine is also located there.
The Giant Tree Trail and Hollow Forest will be formally dedicated into the Old-Growth Forest Network on Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 P.M., at the Giant Tree Trailhead: 202 North Bend Park Road, Cairo, WV 26337.
During the dedication ceremony, Joan Maloof, the Founder and Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will present North Bend State Park officials with a plaque.
Then, everyone at the ceremony will be invited on a hike through the Giant Tree Trail and Hollow Forest.