Mountain BikingWest 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.
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 a international mountain biking destination.
In fact, mountain bikers near and far gathered at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in 2019 to experience a World Cup event.
The Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals race was held Sept. 6-8 in West Virginia – and on United States soil for the first time since 2015.
For American racers and fans, the chance to see a World Cup event without a passport is a rare treat. Recently, the Downhill Southeast Finals took place at Snowshoe Bike Park, giving several American World Cup racers an opportunity to check out the race course at Snowshoe.
Snowshoe played host to the Downhill Southeast Finals with Neko Mulally, Dak Norton, Tommy Zula, and a few friends to try out the new track for the World Cup.
Home to trails ranging from easy to difficult, West Virginia also has trails perfect for the whole family. Strap on your helmet and hit the trails.
The innermost loop of the Arrowhead trail system, Clovis Loop is flat, obstacle free, and perfect for the whole family. While Clovis Loop is usually used as warm up loop for more serious mountain bikers the minimal elevation allows riders of all ages to enjoy mountain biking.
Tip: If you want to check out the latest in mountain bike gear, you can rent it at the nearby Arrowhead Bike Farm.
Roadside Trail (Bruceton Mills)
You will find this family-friendly trail within Coopers Rock State Park. Roadside Trail is perfect for families who wish to explore the woods while staying near the road. After your ride, be sure to venture out to experience the unmatched views from Coopers Rock.
Tip: Riders can ride in either direction on this trail, so keep an eye out for other bikers.
Lakeside Nature Trail (Weston)
Ideal for beginners, Lakeside Nature Trail is located within Stonewall Resort State Park. During your ride, you will enjoy glimpses of the beautiful lake while riding along the north shore of Carrion Bay.
Tip: Avoid this trail on rainy days, as it can become very muddy due to the clay soil types in the region.
Don’t forget to pack a picnic before you hit this trail. With many picnic areas and playgrounds along the way, Davis Creek Trail is the perfect place for a spring family outing. This Kanawha State Forest trail is great for riders of all skills. You’ll even get to cross a foot bridge!
Tip: This high traffic trail is used for hiking as well as biking, so keep an eye out for those not on wheels.
Which trail are you going to explore first?
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