West Virginia is often referred to as the “Mountain State.” Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself. Our beautiful ridges and vast amounts of breathtaking landscapes are best explored by mountain biking.
With trails ranging from an easy afternoon activity to the thrill of a lifetime, you’ll be sure to find a ride that best suits you in the Monongahela National Forest.
The Monongahela National Forest is home to over 900,000 acres of lush greenery and rugged mountains that offer more than 350 miles of bike paths and trails. It’s also a great place to bike if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet. Most of the area’s trails and paths are gravel roads that are gated and free from any type of motorized traffic or activity.
Or try one of the states easy-going rail trails, which offers gentle paths for all ages. The 72-mile North Bend Rail-Trail boasts varying natural landscapes, historic sites and 13 tunnels – some that locals say are haunted.
Distilled Tea Creek Mountain Trail
This 24.4 mile intermediate/difficult trail is a hidden gem and a real adrenaline rush.
What better way to see the beauty of the Mountain State than by riding a 1,700-foot descent into awe-inspiring scenery? Be prepared to finish your ride a little soaked – the bottom of the mountain requires you to cross the river in total mountain biking action mode. This 25 percent maximum grade loop is a must for all adventure seekers.
PocaFork Mountain Trail
Head down to Richwood to try your hand at this town’s daring bike trail. The 28.6-mile long trail is for intermediates but be on the lookout for some roots, rocks, log jumps and gully crossings.
The ride is perfect for nature lovers, and there’s a good chance you’ll see quite a bit of wildlife. Discover more about the area’s history on the trail as the region is rooted in deep mining and logging history.
Western Territories Trail – Snowshoe Mountain Resort
The Western Territories Trail in the Snowshoe Mountain Resort region is sure to get your heart racing and the blood pumping.
Even though the trail is only 2.4 miles long, there’s no denying that it sure is difficult. The trail contains downhill style terrain with steep technical sections and several man-made features. A full-face helmet and pads are recommended for this 35 percent maximum grade experience.
The thrills around every corner and fast and furious pace is what makes this trail one for the books.