Mountain BikingMountain biking in the Mountain State is a perfect fit. West Virginia is the only state completely covered in the Appalachian Mountain Range. This unique topography has carved out miles of trails that allow you to bike almost anywhere in the state. Over the years, word about West Virginia’s high-quality trails has gotten out, and the state has become an international mountain biking destination.
Mountain Biking in Almost Heaven
Arrowhead Bike Trails
Enjoy West Virginia’s new National Park and Preserve. The New River Gorge might be known for its whitewater or climbing but don’t count out mountain biking. The Arrowhead Bike Trails are located less than 4 miles from downtown Fayetteville. Enjoy this International Mountain Bicycling Association built trail system. The stacked loop network has something from beginners to more experienced riders.
Tip: If you want to check out the latest in mountain bike gear, you can rent it at the nearby Arrowhead Bike Farm.
Located in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Mountwood Park has over 20 miles of well-maintained exciting, and scenic single-track trails. Test your endurance with some burning climbs only to be rewarded with long fun downhill sections. Create your own path through Mountwood Park’s interconnective trail system.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Home to the 2019 UCI World Cup. Snowshoe’s bike park is home to nearly 40 trails and 1,500 feet of vertical drop. From beginner green trails to expert black trails, this park has something for everyone. This is a great place for new riders to build their confidence and get exposed to West Virginia’s own International Mountain Bicycling Silver Level Association Ride Center.
Kanawha State Forest
Located less than ten miles from the state capital of Charleston. Kanawha State Forest offers over 30 miles of varied trails for all skill levels. Start off easy by exploring any of the forest service roads. For those looking to test their skills try the Black Bear Mountain trail, a highly popular single-track ride. After a long day of riding refuel at one of the many restaurants that Charleston has to offer.
How to Start Mountain Biking
One of the best ways to start mountain biking is to locate a gear shop in the part of Almost Heaven you want to go. Some gear shops offer rental bikes if you are a first-time rider. They will be able to point you to the beginner trails for you to explore. If you are a seasoned rider, still stop by the local gear shop to get the inside scoop on hidden trails, must-see landmarks, and places to eat after your adventurous day.
What to Bring
Your gear list is always going to vary on the weather, time of year, and biking destination. If you are traveling with friends or a local guide, it is always best to consult them on specific gear needs. However, if you’re just looking for the basics, here’s a helpful list that outlines the gear almost every adventurer needs.
- Comfortable clothes to bike in
- Comfortable sneakers or shoes to bike in
- A water bottle with extra water
- Extra layers of clothes depending on the weather
- A rain jacket in case of rainy days
- A small backpack
- Insect repellent
Mountain Biking is truly a four-season activity in West Virginia. Grab your fat-tire bikes and enjoy the mountain state during the winter. The peak season to hit the trail is during the summer and early fall when there is less rain, and the trails are drier.
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