Mountain biking adventures at West Virginia state parks and forests

Over the past couple of years, mountain biking has experienced a surge in popularity, with many of the new riders being children and families. The sport is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors while also spending quality time with loved ones.

That’s why West Virginia state parks and forests continue to build biking trails for all skill levels. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or a seasoned racer, you’re sure to find some fun trails to navigate in Almost Heaven.

A trail for every rider

If you’re interested in learning how to mountain bike but don’t know where to begin, North Bend State Park is a great place to start. Adjacent to North Bend, the North Bend Rail Trail is ideal for beginners. Its gentle grade and crushed limestone path are easy to navigate. Other rail trails that offer an easy introduction to mountain biking include West Virginia’s newest state park, the Elk River Rail Trail.

With the help of volunteers and professionals, Cacapon Resort State Park began building new trails in 2017, adding 9.1 miles to the park’s existing 16 miles of trails. Trails range from beginner, built for people just starting to mountain bike (Rock & Roll) to the most advanced pro built trail in the region (Middle Fork) and everything in between. The next trails on the “to do” list, according to Park Superintendent Scott Fortney, are two mid-level trails—an intermediate loners flow trail loop and a high-level intermediate trail measuring roughly 3 miles from the overlook down to Bart Shelter.

Kanawha State Forest and Coopers Rock State Forest are popular with the mountain biking scene and serve as the venues for two major annual races for the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association. Experienced riders are attracted to the twisting, single-track trails that traverse over roots and rock and offer challenging climbs and screaming descents. But for the casual mountain biker, both parks offer plenty of moderate trails, too.

Expand your mountain biking into a fully immersive experience at Pipestem Resort State Park. Pipestem offers guided mountain bike trips that feature scenic views of the Bluestone River Canyon and fascinating information about the region’s flora, fauna, habitat and history. The trip includes snacks, water and breaks for photo opportunities of the scenery. Bike rentals are available on site.

Plan your biking getaway

West Virginia state parks and forests are home to hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking. For more information, visit each park mountain biking page and book your Almost Heaven getaway today!

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