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Barboursville - River Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Flat single track, twisty and technical in some places. One rock garden. Easy climb on the paved road and an easy climb on gravel. Sweet, fast single track on the upper section of the down hill. Rocky, technical downhill on the lower section.
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Latitude
38.392027089062815
Longitude
-82.32025623321533
Trail Directions
Once in the town of Barboursville, go to the Barboursville Park (going out of town behind the old High School). Park at the shelter, at the bottom of the hill (gravel lot). Once you're on your bike, ride the gravel road out toward the soccer fields. Cross the railroad track and travel the road toward the river. At the new bridge, drop over the hill and the trail is on your left. The trail parallels t he river for four or five miles (all of it single track)! When you get to the lake, proceed up the the hill on the paved road. Make your way up to the radio tower. About 100 yards past the radio tower at the very top of the hill, make a sharp right hand turn onto an awesome downhill singletrack (kind of hidden). At the bottom, go left and follow the trail out to the shooting range and soccer fields (repeat as necessary!)
Trail Length
8
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Barboursville
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 99ranger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tonight was my first trip on the River Trail. We started at the shooting range and dropped over into the trail and had a blast. It's some tight singletrack with plenty of logs and obstacles. I haven't completed it, but I will within the next few days.

Recommended Route:
Park beside baseball fields, ride out gravel road past soccer fields, and enter trail at shooting range. Downhill and along the bottom, parrallel to river.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Lost Trail & Mary Davis Trail in Beech Fork State Park



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Review Date
September 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mike S , from Huntington WV

Summary:
I have no legitimate complaint about Barboursville park. It offers a nice variety of easy, rolling singletrack (along the river), some decent climbing (heading up the hill) and some good technical singletrack on the opposite side of the hill. The river trail is a great place for beginers and families. The trails up in the hills vary from easy to moderately challenging. My only gripe is that this park doesn't make you feel like you're out in the back country, which I value in a mountain bike trip. All the parks I list below have the "BFN" feel to them, which is nice.

Recommended Route:
I do it backwards from other reviewers here: Start at the pond/walking track and get on the river trail. Follow the single track along the river until it turns into a double track. At that point, make a right to cross the railroad tracks and head up the hill and back toward the main part of the park. I usually make my way to the radio tower at the top of the hill, then either drop down the other side to hit single track or return exactly the way I came.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beachfork park (the gold standard of Huntington mtn biking), Lake Vesuvius (an undiscovered gem), and Kenahwa State Forrest(nice ride).



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Review Date
September 23, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jim Pike , from Barboursville, WV

Summary:
Barboursville park offers both fast service roads and a tight single track trail that follows along the river. Go to www. bikeBFAT.com for a map. Theres plenty of flat riding or short hilly climbing depending on your desire. Easy riding for beginners to advanced levels of riders!!

Recommended Route:
From I64 take Barboursville exit to Rt 60. Follow signs to village of Barboursville. Approx. travel time is 5-10 minutes from interstate to park!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beech Fork State Park



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Review Date
October 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Brandon , from Barboursville, WV

Summary:
The route I recommended will begin with a moderately difficult climb along the road (the same one you drove in one) up to a gravel road with another short climb to the radio tower. After passing the tower and heading back down hill you will find a technical singletrack that drops off to the right just opposite the bench. Follow this down off the ridge to the first opportunity to take a left turn (this will head back up along the hill to the ridgetop). Once at the ridgetop, follow the gravel road to the right and take the Devil's Hollow loop about 3/4 of the way around. Here another technical singletrack drops off to the right and will exit at gun range at the bottom. Follow the gravel road to the right across the rr tracks and head down to the riverbank along side the concrete bridge. Turn left (upriver) and follow the singletrack all the way around the outskirts of the park to the walking pond. Ride the paved road back to your starting point. The river trail would be suitable for inexperienced riders with some needing to walk over some of the obstacles. The rides down from the ridge are not moderately difficult, although I would not recommend the downhills for beginners. Beginners may also want to ride the walking trails and gravel roads along the ridgetop as well as the gravel/dirt roads out past the horse ring from the picnic/tennis court areas.

Recommended Route:
From picnic area near tennis courts up to radio tower, downhill singletrack to the right 100 yards past tower, first left- climbs back up to junction of trail to Devil's Hollow, around Devil's Hollow loop to downhill off to the right to gun range, along river trail to walking pond, back to picnic area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beech Fork State Park - Mary Davis trail



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Review Date
July 12, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jonathan , from Red House, WV

Summary:
The trail itself (from the bridge to the walking trail) follows the river for nearly the entirity of its length. There are no major inclines, but very fast dips exist all along the trail, making for a very fun roller-coaster feeling ride. Several obstacles are throughout the trail, such as exposed tree roots and small trees laid across the trail. All of these obstacles are easily traversed by most novice riders (a front shock helps). The trail is relatively clean and wide for a single track, but does cut unnervingly close to the river in a few spots, so be careful your first trip through. The trail is an excellent place for the beginner to get comfortable riding fast single track, and even more fun for the experienced rider who wants to ride screaming fast without breaking too much of a sweat. There are a few hairpin turns with simultaneous elevation changes...and the dips every few hundred yards are just too fun (even if you think you've ridden it all).
On a side note, once completing the trail, you will notice there is an insertion/extraction point at about the halfway point, which will put you back near a pond which seems to occasionally dry up. You will also cross under a railroad trestle about 1 mile before you get to the exit at the walking track.
Overall, the trail isn't worth driving three hours to ride, but if your in the area, it is a lot of fun.

Recommended Route:
After entering Barboursville park, drive up steep incline (paved) and down the other side past outdoor auditorium and two baseball fields. Park in gravel lot on right, located directly after the two baseball fields.
Once on your bike, ride out the road located between the lot in which you parked and the two baseball fields. This road is paved for the first fifty yards, then turns to gravel. Follow this wide, gravel road about one or 1.5 miles until you reach a paved railroad crossing.
Cross the railroad tracks at the crossing, and you will find yourself on an unmarked trail in the middle of a hay field (future site of the Barboursville Exposition Center). Follow that trail (which may be somewhat visible) directly across the field at an angle parallel to the angle of the railroad where the crossing was. After about 150 yards, you will cross a dip with a culvert which is covered by gravel. Continue across the field in the same direction.
After another 0.5mile, you will reach a new concrete bridge (built in 1999). Before crossing the bridge, drop off to the right, and go down to the river. You will see a very clear single track head upriver, running along the riverbank. This trail continues along the river, and will spit you out just past where you parked, at a small, circular walking track surrounding a man made pond/lake. You can ride the pavement back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beech Fork Recreational area, located about 30 minutes away in Wayne County, WV.



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