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7.6 mile 12.3 kilometer loop
75% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 876' 267 m
Descent: -873' -266 m
High: 1,463' 446 m
Low: 1,062' 324 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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A great trail system sampling the foothills and allowing for skill building.

Jason Puth

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Overview

This state park trail system is friendly to mountain bikers. There is a bike wash station as well as trail maps available at the parking lot. The park manager lives in the park and is very friendly and helpful.

West Virginia is hilly in this area and these trails allow you to have sustained climbs and rewarding downhills to spend a couple hours in the woods. This route will take you through the majority of the park.

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You'll start on the Black Cherry Trail, which offers a nice warmup from the parking lot, with roller coaster ups and downs. Next, transition to Trick Track Trail, which includes a ton of technical features. It's easy to hike, but a challenge to ride!

Next, take a right onto Rachel Hershey, a great, straightforward connector trail, to bring you back around. Next, the White Oak trail takes you to the top of the park. During the fall months, the views are impressive as are the ledges that you pass by. If you follow the direction that I took, the sketchy section will be a climb. Going in the other direction, it would be a descent and require care and skill.

Take Rachel Hershey again, but this time, look for Hickory Loop in front of you. This loop is beginner-friendly, but includes some areas where you can pickup a bunch of speed. It's got a lot of good flow along the way.

Next, stay left for the White Oak Extension Trail. It's mostly beginner-friendly, with one steeper spot. Follow this around to the access road and back to the parking lot.

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Oct 23, 2018
Mike Bohan
A little soft 5mi
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