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Middle Ridge Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (13)

A flowing singletrack following the ridge line from the front of Kanawha State Forest to the back.


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Map Key

7.9

Miles

12.7

KM

Singletrack

1,511' 461 m

High

1,227' 374 m

Low

536' 163 m

Up

439' 134 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

Middle Ridge Trail begins after riding approximately 2.4 miles on Middle Ridge Road from the parking lot at the front of Kanawha State Forest. It is on the right off of Middle Ridge Road and is marked. The trail is much better signed at the front than at the rear of KSF, as the front sections are more established.

Middle Ridge Trail is primarily hard-packed, smooth dirt and flows along the ridgeline from the front of Kanawha State Forest to the rear. It has several short climbs/descents along, but generally follows the contours of mountain. It can be ridden in both directions. Starting from the front, the overall gradient is slightly uphill. The trail also crosses Middle Ridge Rd. several times, so it can be ridden as a whole or in segments.

Many steeper, more technical trails drop off of Middle Ridge Trail and descend back to the main road in the valley floor, including Mossy Rock, Teaberry Rock, Johnson Hollow, and Black Bear Mtn. Bike Trail. Also, by hopping onto Middle Ridge Rd. for short distances, riders can also access singletrack descents on Pole Cat and Ballard. Many of these descents have steep technical sections with lots of rocks, roots, and ruts.

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Shared By:

Jack Hoblitzell

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 13 votes

#4591

Overall
  4.3 from 13 votes
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Trail Rankings

#79

in West Virginia

#4,591

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Photos

Switch-backing up the hill from the rear parking lot.
Jun 13, 2020 near Marmet, WV
Bear tracks along Middle Ridge Trail
May 31, 2013 near Marmet, WV
Rock outcropping near Saulter's Loop section of Middle Ridge Trail
Jun 13, 2020 near Marmet, WV
Trail marker at top of Mossy Rock
Oct 20, 2013 near Marmet, WV
Top of Back Bear Trail.
Aug 16, 2016 near Marmet, WV
Marker where Middle Ridge meets gas road at the top of Pool Hill Climb
Oct 20, 2013 near Marmet, WV

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Aug 11, 2019
Angie Clark
Aug 7, 2019
Angie Clark
trail is in great shape!
Oct 20, 2017
Doc MTB
Sep 4, 2017
Liz Gooch
10mi
Oct 29, 2016
Mike Farren
Fun, flowing singletrack
Jul 14, 2015
Mark Sauers
rode davis creek to mossy oak to MRR TO MRT back down to parking lot saw two blsck bear cubs no mommy?
Mar 29, 2015
J.c. Linkinoggor
Aug 9, 2007
Lost Justpastnowhere