Virginia is providing $356,500 in grant money so that the Thunder River Outdoor Recreation and Campground can expand in Haysi, according to WCYB.

The area is an old coal tipple and preparation plant near several trails popular for hiking, biking, riding ATVs, and whitewater activities.

The grant money is coming through the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. It will be used to replace and extend a waterline and will allow the tourist destination to expand. Officials say a bathhouse and 60 new campsites will be built.

State mine officials say it’s a great example of how mined land can be reclaimed.

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