Wildcat Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 180' 55 m
Descent: -675' -206 m
High: 1,319' 402 m
Low: 818' 249 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
Current trail conditions
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“A wild ride along the ridge finishing with a fast, narrow descent.”— Jack Hoblitzell
Another few tenths of a mile past Beech Glen, Polly Trail bears off to the left. I avoid Polly, finding it not particularly rideable, as you have to negotiate a cliff line and do some scrambling over boulders. Polly Trail is a great trail to hike, though. The intersection with Polly Trail is marked. On the bike, continue to bear right to stay on Wildcat Ridge.
Soon, the trail will nose downward. The descent is relatively smooth, but it is narrow and benched into the side of the hill, so the there is always a steep drop on one side of the trail. There are 5 or 6 very sharp switchbacks that can be difficult to negotiate, so keep an eye out for these, as especially in the fall, it can be easy in spots to lose the trail.
The trail ends in Dunlap Hollow. Turn right and ride through Dunlap Hollow and the Kanawha State Forest campground to go back to the trails at the rear of the forest. Turn left and follow Dunlap Hollow back out to the main, paved forest road.
Land Manager: West Virginia State Parks