Unveiling the new Trail Head sign and map at the Green Bank Observatory last Thursday with a ribbon cutting were, from left: Greenbrier District Ranger Jack Tribble, GBO director Karen O’Neil, GBO business manager Michael Holstine and Ranger Alex Schlueter. S. Stewart photo

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

The Green Bank Observatory is known for it’s groundbreaking astronomy research, not to mention being home to the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope – the Green Bank Telescope – but it will soon be known for its series of trails which wind around the facility and join the Allegheny Trail and other trails in the Monongahela National Forest.

After two years of planning and collaboration, the MNF and GBO celebrated their partnership with the dedication of a trail head sign at the observatory parking lot.

The sign includes two maps – one of the GBO grounds and the other, a map highlighting the trails in and around the facility.

“We’re at seventeen, I believe, is the number of trails that we have,” business manager Michael Holstine said. “Some of those are connector trails and then, of course, the major thing is that this…

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