- Bear Pen Loop
- Prop's Run
- Bannock Shoals
- William's River
- Elk Mountain
- Tea Creek Mountain
- Sharp's Base Loop
- Sharp's Knob Loop
- Red Run Loop
- Pocahontas County Tourism Commission
- West Virginia Mountain Bike Association
- US Forest Service Marlington District
US Forest Service Campgrounds
(801) 259-7155 or (800) 280-2267
Epic Mountain Bike Rides - Great Mountain Biking in West Virginia (Monongahela National Forest)
West Virginia's abundance of off-road trails has given it national acclaim for some of the best mountain biking in the world. The place to go is the Eastern Central part of the state where the 900,000 acre Monongahela National Forest is home to hundreds of miles of interconnected trails, most of which are mapped and very well marked. Many forest service roads allow you to drive right up to the trailheads.
The Monongahela is one of the largest hardwood forests in the world, and a beautiful place to ride. Lots of ferns, rhododendron and moss covered trees. The elevation in the forest ranges from 2,800 to 4,500 feet. Props Run is the best downhill in the area (1,900 foot drop over eight miles). The trail beds are predominately rock and hardpack, with plenty of stream crossings and mud holes. No matter what time of year you go, you're going to get wet.
This area of West Virginia is rural but not without any type of night life. Nearby Snowshoe Resort offers five restaurants, four bars (try Skidder's Pub on Monday nights or Yodler's Pub for happy hours and late night gatherings) . You can also pay eight bucks to mountain bike on Snowshoe's 125 plus miles of mapped, well marked trails. There's one restaurant and a grocery store in Marlington, about 10 miles south of Slatyfork.