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Canaan Loop Road (FS13)

Intermediate

Trail

19.0 mile 30.5 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,342' 409 m
Descent: -750' -229 m
High: 3,806' 1,160 m
Low: 2,955' 901 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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A forest road that provides a nice ride and access to many singletrack trailheads.

Adam Linstedt

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Family Friendly Lots of beautiful campsites with stone fire rings. No known restrictions other than National Forest rules. Fly fishing for trout on Red Run, catch and release only. NO snow clearance in winter, gated

Description

Canaan Loop Road (FS13) as mapped here starts out paved and passes through Blackwater Falls State Park. As it passes the Lindy Point trailhead, it becomes a rough jeep track for several miles.

Relative to the type of riding in this area, these sections are moderate, but there are stream crossings and the road can be muddy with large puddles and there are a few rocky bits in short stretches. As it continues, it becomes a well-maintained dirt/limestone-covered road that climbs up to the Plantation and Table Rock trailheads, then descends to run alongside Red Run for a bit where it starts climbing, at times steeply, until it terminates at a junction with Highway WV32.

The loop road sees limited car traffic, it provides important access to singletrack trailheads, and it is a very nice ride in either direction with the aforementioned challenges at one end.

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Oct 13, 2018
Steve Cratin
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Sep 3, 2018
Glen Thomas
Oct 1, 2017
Eric von Eckartsberg
Nice gravel grind. First four miles out of park are almost mtb rough, but rest is fine on a drop bar bike with decent tires. Beautiful fall colors. 25mi — 2h 30m
Aug 10, 2017
Jessie Roberts
Great doubletrack, had a kids trailer which needed carried over some obstacles, but otherwise rideable with experienced youngsters/good brakes 15mi
Oct 15, 2016
Derek Tribble
21mi

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Photos

Lindy Point Blackwater State Park WV
Jan 2, 2015 near Davis, WV
Overlook off Loop Road
Dec 29, 2014 near Davis, WV
Upper glade on Canaan Loop
Oct 8, 2017 near Davis, WV
Climbing on Canaan Loop road
Oct 8, 2017 near Davis, WV
Fall leaves on the long climb up Canaan Loop road
Oct 8, 2017 near Davis, WV
Stream crossing coming out of Blackwater Falls park
Oct 8, 2017 near Davis, WV

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