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The Gauley Mountain Trail streches five miles in the Tea Creek Backcountry of Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
A kiosk off Mine Road marks the northern terminus of the Gauley Mountain Trail. Eco-groups want a new national monument created in the area to add more protection. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The Gauley Mountain Trail has been improved by contractors for the U.S. Forest Service. Gauley Mountain marks the beginmning of the North Fork of the Gauley River, one of the best rafting rivers in the country. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Blue diamonds mark the Gauley Mountain Trail in West Virginia's Pocohontas County. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)