Welcome to bicycling central!
Decades of logging in Pocahontas County at the turn of the 20th century have produced amazing mountain biking trails. Some trails are smooth while others are ledgy and edgy. Trails in the area have epic climbs, white-knuckling down hills and let’s not forget the West Virginia mud! Pocahontas County is a great place to hone your handling skills and challenge the most experienced riders.
For those seeking less incline but with the same degree of exquisiteness and tranquility, the region has several trials that fit that description, too.
Deep within the dense forests and lush meadows of Pocahontas County are hundreds of miles of pristine biking trails. We’ve focused the bike map on the general trails for families and moderately physically fit riders. Along your ride stop and enjoy the crystal clear streams, stunning scenery and broad horizons. Slow down the hurried pace of the city and immerse yourself in all our playground offers…fawns in tall meadows, eagles and hawks soaring against azure skies, fish splashing in one of our eight clear rivers and did we mention the people? Our people are the friendliest anywhere. We often say the mountains are what bring visitors to Pocahontas County but it is our people who bring them back again and again. From your gracious lodging host to the gas station attendant, to the outfitter… our service people are here to add to your getaway. Don’t hesitate to call upon them to assist you in any way they can.
You’ve heard about the Greenbrier River Trail – 78 miles of rail-trail along the Greenbrier River – the longest free-flowing river in the East. Many consider this the jewel of the West Virginia State Park system. Meander along at your own pace, stopping at well-groomed campsites along the way. Sleep in your tent or on the ground as you doze off to sleep counting millions of stars that drape the sky.
The West Fork Trail is a former CSX rail line which was purchased by the Forest Service in 1986. Today, the 21 mile trail hosts hundreds of biker riders who want to experience the old rail bed o the iron and coal railroad that ran from Elkins to Durbin. Its length makes the West Fork Trail perfect for connecting with other trails in the area such as the Allegheny Trail using the High Falls Trail from FR 44. Experience another good loop at mile 21.5 by accessing FR 44. The West Fork runs right along the West Fork of the Greenbrier River. Throw a line in the water and catch your lunch for the day or bring a picnic to enjoy under the wild apple trees.
Many people tell us that biking and camping along the Cow Pasture Trail is the best outdoor experience they’ve ever encountered; we’re inclined to believe them. The trail is a single track grass and hard-packed soil. Cow Pasture Trail butts up against the mountains after surrounding the incomparable Cranberry Glades. Habitat is rich and varied so chances for sighting hawks, herons, flycatchers, kinglets, and thrushes are high. The trail head is not well marked and many people back up to the Thomas Reserve Trail but this lovely trail is worth the extra effort to find it. The GPS for the beginning of this trail is Long: 22.214.171.1246W and the Lat is 126.96.36.1999N.
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