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Upshur County Recreation Park

Intermediate
 4.3 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop of singletrack hand built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

85%

Singletrack

1,581' 482 m

High

1,421' 433 m

Low

442' 135 m

Up

443' 135 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

This loop combines the refurbished and improved trails at the Upshur County Recreation Park.

Need to Know

Main tip: Follow the blue diamond blazes and you can't go wrong.

Description

Park near Buckhannon-Upshur High School, at the Upshur County Recreation Park pavilion parking lot. From your parking spot, ride back on the pavement the way that you drove in, and take a right onto the trail through the wooden arch. Go on the singletrack a few hundred yards, turn right into a field, and ride along the edge of the field a few hundred yards more. Taker a sharp right onto singletrack into the evergreens. This is The Pines section.

Following the blazes through The Pines, you'll come back toward where you parked, and then you'll take a sharp left up the hill along a split rail fence. Continue to follow the blue diamonds uphill through a grassy area with large trees (and the pavilion to the right), dip back into the woods as you continue to climb. This is the Roundabout section. Roundabout loops back and forth on itself, and eventually spits you down a steep drop (near a large boulder perched on a steep drop) and across a grassy area immediately below where you parked.

As you ride through the grassy area, look ahead for blazes leading you to the Holly Shed Trail section. It's straightforward through Holly Shed (named for the thick holly trees and blasted-apart old metal shed along the way). You'll eventually cross two small streams running close to one another (Holly Shed here is perpendicular to the trail the locals call Band Hill for its proximity to the high school marching band's domain) and ascend a short-ish climb. After some up-down-and-around, you'll have a choice of sending a sweet rock drop to the left or taking the easier route to the right. Either way, at the bottom, take a sharp left uphill, and then dropped through a section marked with a sign as "Little Moab."

At the bottom of Little Moab, dip back into the woods on Crossings Trail. Take Crossings all the way back to Band Hill, crossing one of the small streams you crossed before on the way out. Take a hard right down Band Hill, catch a little air off the big rock if you're inclined. Near the bottom of Band Hill, take a hard left and continue on Crossings, up to a little ascent. Follow Crossings all the way back to a sharp descent into a steep hollow, cross the stream at the bottom of the hollow, bust a gut on the climb out the other side.

As the climb levels out, Crossings ends. You can climb up to the Whale Tail section of trail, or you can shorten the loop by avoiding Whale Tail and going straight to descend on the Witches Fingers section.

Either way, as you descend on Witches Fingers, you can peel off to explore Pumps Bumps & Rollers and/or Standing Feather ... or you can keep descending to the bottom.

At the bottom of the descent, cross the stream via a wooden bridge and pop up on a service road. This service road eventually takes you to a little segment of singletrack, near the entrance to the high school.

Bear right on the paved road, climb about halfway up to the parking lot, and bear left across to the grassy area. Keep riding in the grassy area a few dozen yards, look for a cut-through to the left to the edge of the athletic field. Take the cut-through, bear right, stay along the edge of the athletic field. To the right, you'll see the wooden arch where you started.

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Shared By:

Nathan Fetty

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  4.3 from 10 votes

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Photos

We have some of the best trail volunteers.
Jun 19, 2019 near Buckhannon, WV
We have features!
Jun 19, 2019 near Buckhannon, WV
A pic of a trail segment featuring the blue diamond directional markers. Just follow the blue diamonds!
Jun 17, 2019 near Buckhannon, WV
This is one of the hand-built singletrack trails featured on the ride.
Apr 4, 2017 near Buckhannon, WV
Rockin' with the ferns.
Jun 19, 2019 near Buckhannon, WV

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Jun 15, 2022
Austin Martin
Apr 29, 2019
Jordan Campbell
Someone is putting in the labor to keep this trail going! 5.6mi — 1h 13m
Sep 13, 2017
Joey Baxa
Trails are in great shape! I see more improvement every time I visit.
Apr 12, 2017
Scott Creak
Trails are looking good. 4.2mi