ElevationAscent: 1,940' 591 m
Descent: -3,729' -1,137 m
High: 4,219' 1,286 m
Low: 2,201' 671 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“Combines three trails into a fine, 27-mile, point-to-point, old school deluxe ride. Lovely solitude.”— Steve Jones
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
Follow the singletrack for a climb and descent that leads over Hill Creek (rideable unless just after a rain). When you encounter a paved trail, follow it to the Falls of Hills Creek parking lot. From there, continue to Highway 39/55 and turn left (west) for just over a mile-and-a-half of easy paved pedaling to reach Bear Run Road.
A four mile gravel road climb takes riders to the top of Fork Mountain and handily avoids the Fork Mountain Trail - Water Bar Section which would be absolute misery to try and climb because of the massive water bars. At the top, continue on the Fork Mountain Trail - Ridge Section for 13-miles of rugged and scenic singletrack that follows the trace of a hand-laid road.
When you come to the gravel road (FSR #946), turn left and follow it down to a yellow metal gate which you can pass on the right, turn right and follow the paved road into Richwood. For more singletrack, go straight across the gravel road and follow the lower section of Fork Mountain trail downhill to the Gauley Ranger station. This section has a new (as of Oct. '19) bridge, which makes it a fun singletrack finish, pretty rocky though, so if you've had enough roughness, take the gravel road (FSR 946) to Richwood.
You can ride this as a 72-mile loop for the very fit, known locally as the Yew Mountain Doozy - check its Facebook page. Yes, there really is one, click here.
History & Background
This ride is part of a planned 500-mile bike trail network thanks to the Appalachian Regional Commission to diversify the economies former coal mining communities. Lots of mining and logging history in this area - check the Richwood visitor center, or chat with the locals at the DQ. Show an interest in their history, and you'll be treated to some engaging stories, such as that of Quinnwood, just to the south, that was known in the day as the "million mule town" (mule powered mining). The mules are gone now, but the jackasses are still there.