Trail Areas

From gentle cruising along the scenic Greenbrier River, to heart-pounding adrenaline inducing downhill at lift-served Snowshoe Mountain, you’ll find something for everyone in Nature’s Mountain Playground

Your Journey Starts Here

The Snowshoe Highland Ride Center boast over 375 miles of trails that are open to bikes! Whichever route you choose, you’ll be traveling through rugged terrain that has challenged generations of “mountaineers” before you. Much of our amazing biking is made possible by the vast amount of public lands in this county which include five state parks, two state forests, and a large portion of the Monongahela National Forest.

We’ve outlined eight of the best areas to ride in Pocahontas County here on this page, plus inclusion of an interactive map from the Trailforks.com. Use these resources along with a copy of our “Ride Snowshoe Highlands” trail guide to help plan your next trip.

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Popular Trail Areas

Cheat Summit

This area was heavily logged and mined for coal before it was purchased by the U.S. Forest Service. Explore the continuing restoration of this high elevation area as you ride the newly developed stacked loop trail system. The views are spectacular and the restoration work is inspiring! Trails are actively under construction. Please call the Greenbrier Ranger District for up-to-date information on trail openings, construction, and volunteer opportunities.

Green Bank Observatory

This location is out of this world! Expand your universe as you ride past the world’s largest steerable telescope. You can even explore the distance between planets as you pass a model solar system. The site, surrounded by the mountains of West Virginia, serves to protect observations while offering a one-of-a-kind riding experience. Enjoy short, steep climbs and plenty of flatter trails. Be sure to allow time for a tour of the facility. And, if you are riding on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, stop in the Starlight Cafe for hand-dipped ice cream after your ride.

Greenbrier River Trail - Sharp’s Tunnel

Grab the whole family and jump onto this trail! This historic rail trail offers a leisurely and scenic ride for all skill levels. Begin this picturesque ride in the charming town of Marlinton where you can grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cup of coffee, or visit the local art co-op. Follow the winding railroad grade and soak in the views of the Greenbrier River – the longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. On this ride you will find a real treasure – Sharp’s Tunnel. Spanning 51 feet, Sharp’s Tunnel was engineered to allow trains to travel through the mountain! Marvel as you ride through the cool darkness of the tunnel or turn on a light to guide your way.

Kennison Mountain

With miles of moderate to technical trails, gently graded Forest Roads, and the steeps of Kennison Mountain, this area is a biking dream! These routes allow you to not only bike along the boundary of the largest Forest Service owned wilderness east of the Mississippi, but to also bike around the unique Cranberry Glades. You’ll experience the beauty of a deep and lush forest. Want an additional treat? Consider going bike fishing. These trails are right next to some amazing trout streams. A visit to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center is a great way to start your adventure.

Ryder Gap to Paddy Knob

Looking for some gravel? This is it! Traverse the ridgeline that marks the border between West Virginia and Virginia. The climbs are steep and challenging, but you’ll enjoy the rewards of stunning mountain views and long descents. This area is remote, so be on the lookout for wildlife. We recommend setting up a shuttle ahead of time for this 20-mile long ride between Ryder Gap and Paddy Knob.

Snowshoe Mountain

When the snow melts, Snowshoe Mountain transforms into one of the top bike parks in the country. There is something for everyone from true beginners to World Cup downhill racers, and all the varying levels of gravity-fiends in between. It’s a great place to get into the sport as it offers both bike rentals and lessons. Aside from the bike park, Snowshoe’s backcountry contains some of the area’s top cross-country terrain. A true destination resort with the accommodations and amenities to match, Snowshoe is the perfect basecamp for biking in the region.

Tea Creek - Gauley Headwaters

This area is old school with hand cut trails, old rail beds and skid grades, roots, technical rock gardens, steep climbs, and thrilling descents. Hardwood and spruce forests, moss covered rocks, rhododendron tunnels, creeks, and scenic vistas make this some of the most challenging riding in West Virginia! These trails offer a storied history of mountain biking: early Fat Tire Festivals, Wild 100 and WVMBA Ultra Races, and the Slatyfork Enduro. An Epic Ride!

West Fork Rail Trail

Experience the solitude and beauty of the West Fork of the Greenbrier River as you enjoy this 22-mile long trail. Your ride will be primarily smooth and flat as you journey between the mountain towns of Glady and Durbin. This former railroad grade allows riders to easily escape deep into the Monongahela National Forest. This is a great trail for viewing wildlife, accessing fishing holes, and observing wild flowers.

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