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Ballard

Average Rating:    (3.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Pretty steep, rocky, technical downhill singletrack trail with a blistering fast section about halfway down.
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Latitude
38.262917308080404
Longitude
-81.59794807434082
Trail Directions
Climb middle ridge road, you'll see sign on left marking trailhead.
Trail Length
1.5miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Charleston- Kanawha State Forest
   


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Review Date
February 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wvmatt567 ,  Racer

Summary:
A nice downhill, ( or up) not many can make it up. The first traverse is slow and rocky. There is one hard rock shoot, but is rideable. After that it opens up for a fast finish.

Recommended Route:
Ride up middle ridge and then descend, look for new connector to hoffman on the right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All KSF



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Review Date
June 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome trail. Will tune up your skills for Mossy Rock, Teaberry and Black Bear Trails.

Recommended Route:
Take Middle Ridge Rd. and Trail to the top and ride down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Teaberry
Mossy Rock
Black Bear
Wildcat



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Review Date
May 25, 2005

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: sidhoyer ,  Downhiller

Summary:
this is a great trail. I would not quite call it advanced, but it will certainly challenge all levels.

Ride the Dub-vee

Recommended Route:
up the fire road and down the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
wild cat ridge
Mossy Rock
Teaberry
all good rides!



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Review Date
June 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Deadman , from SC, WV

Summary:
The first 1/4 mile rides the ridge and has some high speed sections that lead into sharp uphill turns. Really no need to touch you brakes as long as you lean hard into the turn. From there it cuts back across the mountain into a straight rock garden with some decent sized boulders. Just carry mad flow through this section and you may be able to clear the uphill rock chute. It meanders along the mountain side for a while, cutting rather close to several trees, which may be a problem for those with extra-wide bars. An off-camber rock looks un-rideable, but just try it once and you'll be able to rail the rest of the trail. From there you enter a fun and fast rock garden via a 90 degree bend in the trail. This rock garden has a FS and hardtail exit. Squishy bikes should keep to the left and roll over several roots and large boulders into an off-camber turn, while those proud souls that ride a rigid frame should cut to the right and negotiate a small rock chute into the turn. From there the trail really opens up. My advice: find the straightest line and let go of the brakes. There are about three decent descents in the trail with a flat section to regain control. Don't attepmt to ride around fallen logs, just roll over them. You definetly need to switch into your middle chainring after the final big descent, because there's a tricky section with two trees insanely close together that you'l need trackstanding skills to negotiate. After that,it's just fast and rolling to the exit at a road.

Recommended Route:
go up middle ridge to the trailhead

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Teaberry, Black Bear, Mossy Rock, Polecat, Black Bear



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Review Date
April 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: AMiller , from Charleston, WV

Summary:
Middle Ridge is probably the worst part about the whole trip. The bottom is nice and shady, but then it comes out to this wide-open dusty and very loose surfaced road, which sucks right until you hit the top. The beginning of Ballard is a pretty smooth and easy ride. After the two trails separate, try to do the log. Atleast give it a try before you go around it. The top of Ballard (actual Ballard not Ballard/Polecat) is pretty nice, but then watch out when you get to the area of the cliffs. Remember how much taller you are up in the air on a bike, and where your pedals are. It is possible to get through ALL of that as long as you keep pedaling, don't stop unless you MUST! After the cliff section there is only one more tricky part for awhile, this being the big and slippery rock going perpendicular to the trail. I wouldn't recommend riding over it, you are likely to fall and slide off it into the woods below, sometimes even when walking. After the rock, you take a 180 corner, cross a stream, and head for the fun downhill section, over carved logs and loose rocks. It's a pretty fun section, one of my favorites in KSF. Watch out for the ending though, it has a pretty good reputation for really messing with people and tossing them about. I've landed on my face numerous times there from not paying any attention to it. In my opinion, the best time to ride this is in the evening. Start up Middle Ridge when the sun is still in full force, during daylight savings probably around 6:00-6:30PM. You should get to the trailhead by 7:15PM at the latest, and the ride is maybe a half-hour down, so let's say 7:50PM by the time you are out. The road ride back is only about 10 minutes, but it is really cool when it is getting dark enough that you can still see the road, but the white tire tracks really stand out, and very cool to come down into a land darker and darker than when you left the top.

Recommended Route:
Park at the area just to the left of the park enterance. Ride along the gravel road heading out to the shooting range. Middle Ridge Road will be at the crest of a hill with a gate across it, heading off to the right. If you come to a road with a mobile home close to it, you've gone too far. Ride up Middle Ridge Road for what seems like an eternity, this is not fun in the summer or anytime it is hot and humid. Once you get to the turn-off for Teaberry Rock Trail, Middle Ridge Road will level out and go slightly downhill, make sure to stay on Middle Ridge though. Keep an eye out for a trail on the left named Lindy. Ballard's trailhead is the next one on the left. It may be marked as Ballard and Polecat, but its the same thing. Ride down until Ballard and Polecat split up, and head to the right. You will finish the trail on the road that Middle Ridge Road branches off of. Turn left, try not to cringe at the explosions from the shooting range, and head back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Teaberry Rock Trail, Mossy Rock Trail, the Middle Ridge Trail system, Pigeon Roost, Wildcat, Polecat, Davis Creek (mild)



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