This loop combines the refurbished and improved trails at the Upshur County Recreation Park.
Main tip: Follow the blue diamond blazes and you can't go wrong.
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 for a few hundred yards, passing a small metal storage building on the right. Turn right here into a small field, go between two fence posts, and continue to bear right on the edge of a larger field. Ride a few hundred yards, looking for a sharp right onto singletrack into the evergreens. This is The Pines
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
loops back and forth on itself, and eventually spits you down a steep drop (with a sizeable rock on the right) and across a grassy area immediately below where you parked.
As you ride through the grassy area, look ahead for blazes leading you to Holly Shed Trail
. 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, you'll intersect with a Gas Well Road.
Take a hard left on the Gas Well Road, riding past the well-head and dipping 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.
At the bottom of Band Hill, take a hard left and continue on Crossings Trail
up 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. Take a hard right onto a wider Service Road
, crossing the stream on a narrow wooden bridge. This Service Road
eventually takes you to the gas well-head you passed before to start into Crossings Trail
. Follow the Service Road
all the way back out to the gas well-head. Backtrack a few hundred yards, continuing to follow the Service Road
until it intersects with the paved road at the entrance to the high school.
Turn right on the paved road, and ride back to your car the same way you first drove in.