11 mile loop that includes solid climbing and fun downhill with sweet gully crossings.
Restrooms available at the Cowpasture parking area. Water available at the Nature Center.
Take Hwy 39 to Dogway Rd, near Kennison Mountain parking area. Go up Dogway Rd to parking area where there are 2 metal gates. Go East on Frosty Gap trail (ungated) to intersection with Kennison Mountain Trail
, continue straight to top of Kennison Mountain. Follow the fun, downhill to intersection with grassy road and go left. This is South Fork Trail, which quickly becomes singletrack. Blast through the multitude of gully crossings on tight lines. Sometimes you're riding on the shoulders of the trail.
At the end of South Fork, exit right on to FSR 102 and continue past gate to the Cowpasture area, then up to Hwy 39. Cross Hwy 39 on to Bruffey, just left of the intersection. Climb to intersection with Pocahontas Trail #263
and make a sharp right. Climb 4 switchbacks to the top - fairly steep in places. Note the entrance to Cranberry Mountain Lodge, nice for groups, pocahontascountywv.com/retr...
. Continue on Pocahontas Trail #263
to sign for Blue Knob - Climb up and right and continue to find the fun downhill that intersects with Kennison Mountain Trail
. Take it to the right (North) to Hwy 39, head West on Hwy 39 200 feet to intersection with Dogway rd and climb up it to the parking area.
Former prison site a short distance down Charles Creek trail. Makes a nice side trip. wvgazettemail.com/News/2013...