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No. of Reviews: 9

Several Trails make up this system. They all loop back to FS 24 sooner or later. Elk River Touring has maps and suggestions. First left is Roaring Run a nice technical climb and sweet downhill. The first right is the exit for Rocks & Roots. It is best ridden the other way. The 2nd right is Easy Way a piece of smooth buff singletrack that leads to Rocks & Roots. The 3rd right is the lower Funk trail. Up and down and a huge log(30") to ride over just before the connector to Rocks & Roots and Easy way. The second left is the other end of Roaring Run. The 4th right is the Funk trail fast and zippy it will take you to the Lower Funk trail and that huge log. Enjoy we are constantly adding new sections and tricky bits.
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Latitude
38.41136530792045
Longitude
-80.1287841796875
Trail Directions
US hwy 219 1.5 miles south of Slatyfork, cross the river on a concrete bridge. Sign says
Trail Length
8-10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Slatyfork
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Review Date
January 7, 2008

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:
This section is actually for the trails off Mine Rd. and down in the area of Elk River Touring Center. If you are looking for swooping, smooth, sculptured singletrack then you will be better off going to a bike park. These trails are for the person wanting the challenge of Cross Country and not just a ride in the park.

I myself feel the trails in Pocahontas County are the most awesome XC trails in the state. And I've ridden them all. Yes, it is fun to hit those nice fast swoopy trails once in a while. That's when I go ride Mountwood Park, Charles Fork Lake or something in that caliber. But when I want to get back into the outdoors and challenge my abilities I ride in Pocahontas County. Which includes, Slatyfork, Tea Creek, Cranberry, Kennison Mtn., and more.

Enjoy

Recommended Route:
Any.... Get the Slatyfork Map from Gil or Pat at Elk River Touring Center and enjoy a great, true XC experiance.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pocahontas, Kennison, South Mtn, Cowpasture loop. Red Run, Bear Pen, Boundary Trail, Props Run, Kennison Mtn., Bannock Shoals, Two Lick, and the list goes on.



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Review Date
January 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Yes I like steel ,  Racer

Summary:
Same Shiite as the Gualey Mtn. Trails. Roads or old rail beds Built to pilfer the natural resources of a century ago.all they pilfer now is yours and mine(once) tourist dollars. The trails are and were overgrown. Good SINGLETRACK does not get overgrown. A little tight yes, overgrown-- ummm no. I enjoy a challenge as much or more than most but these trails are not trails, they are old road beds. Yes they go up, yes they go down, yes they have rocks, yes they have roots butno they are not SINGLETRACK in any sense. Ohh and the food in MAR VEGAS SUCKS.. Jeez, whats with the price of stuff at the Foodland in Mar Vegas ( Marlinton)??? Nobody makes squat for money and they screw you on food at the supermarket there.

Recommended Route:

Gas prices have come down..... SCREW IT AND JUST GO TO PISGAH. THIS PLACE SUCKS Plain and Simple.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Greenbriar trail with your wife and kids and a BOB trailer. Gotta spend time with your offspring and your better half. Its not all about you buster. Wautaga Park is primo camping and the meager singletrack there is better than what you find up on the mountain. Bring some food from home or catch it out of the Greenbriar River cuz you ain't gettin' it in Marlinton.



Comments
Hecklerboy (02/27/2007)
LIke I said about your other review. You need to ride more than just one trail if your going to slam Slatyfork. You ride one of the easiest trails hear and complain about it. Step up and ride something challenging like Red Run, Bear Pen, or Kennison Mtn. And just be happy there is a town nearby to get some grub in the evening.
Yes I like steel (02/27/2007)
Read other review as I stated I rode the Red Run, I rode Tea Creek Mtn Tea Creek and Tea Creek connnector. Kennison Mtn, I imagine is same shiite, old road to trail or old rail bed like Red Run and Gualey and the others I listed in the Gualey Mtn Trail review. Well yeah, I will give you this Tea Creek Mtn is a killer trail butit connects to the other crummy trails. Douthat in Virginia is a trail system. Harrisonburg in Virginia has killer trails. Pisgah goes without saying.Marlinton just plain SUCKS. Read previous review on Gualey trail for more info. I stand by my convictions.
Hecklerboy (02/28/2007)
Kennison Mtn. Trail is a 10 mile trail that works it way along the ridge of Kennison Mtn. Nice singletrack (not an old road) with rocks, roots, and mud. It ends with a 1/2 mile screaming downhill. You should also try Bear Pen. It's also nice singletrack where rocks and roots are plenty. Red Run is not an old rail bed. It's singletrack that is hyper technical with lots of rocks and roots. It does however connect with Right Fork trail that IS an old rail grade. However even Right Fork can offer up some fun technical spots.

Just remember everyone. All trails are different and just because they don't appeal to you specifically you should never slam a trail system. Lets just be happy we have trails to ride and enjoy the outdoors.
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Review Date
October 4, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jsnk1975 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Many parts of this trail are severely over-grown now, and there are a few trees down that block parts of the singletrack. It was actually hard to spot some parts of the trail - it just seems to disappear into the woods at times, and we had to walk our bikes back to a section where the trail was more evident and back track a little. We did a lot of climbing in spongy ground and leaves. Maybe it is just this time of year and the locals won't bother with it until after ski season?

That being said, the overall flow of the trail is great. It was still a lot of fun to fly down the fire road trail, black cherry trail, etc. Nice climbs to get your legs burning. Top quality singletrack -I look forward to riding it again in the summer.

Recommended Route:
Go by Elk River Inn and get a trail map.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You have to downhill if you are that close to Snowshoe. Rent a $70 Stab or Stinky from the Mountain Adventure Center (includes pads/helmet)and have a blast bombing down the trails! The shuttle at the Inn at Snowshoe leaves every hour or half hour to take you back up for another run!



Comments
Yes I like steel (02/28/2007)
You know, You are right. The scenery was beautiful. I thought it funny that the wildflowers that overgrow the trails up that way command big bucks at some of the more upscale nurseries in some of the big southern cities. I rode a trail that I can positively say was identified as the Red Run Trail. Yeah you were right, it was tech for a bit but then degenerated into the remains of a road bed. Hmmm?? was I on the right trail?? well in any case, my wife is in love with the Greenbriar Trail and as such as soon as it gets warm enough for a Woman to camp she will pester me to return.I will try the trails again perhaps I will start at the Elk River Touring Center unless anyone else has suggestions. as for food, well I have worked as a chef's assistant and can find my way around a kitchen or two. I eat most anything but if I gotta pay for my food it had better be palatable. In this regard Mar Vegas does not do it for me. On a lighter note, The fishing in the Greenbriar is great and one can easily find dinner lurking in the pools and shadows of the river. Yum Yum, Bass ala Campfire.
jsnk1975 (03/01/2007)
I'm sure we will hit it up again this summer as well. I wouldn't drive out of my way to ride just this (based on my last experience) since Pisgah is a little over an hour from my house. It is a nice way to switch it up though after a weekend of DH. I think there is better singletrack in the area and we were a little put off by the shape the trail was in (unless it was by design and the locals now which way to go when the trail disappears). At the end of the day, me and a riding buddy actually really enjoyed the trail and there were some sections that were a blast and some tight switchback climbs that had rocky tech sections/ step-ups. I wish I could remember more trails than the ones I listed...

Anyway, we will probably look for more well known loops next time too but if these trails were cleared, groomed, and marked a little better they would be a destination...like you mentioned the scenery is beautiful and coupled with fast flowing singletrack, it left us with some good impressions.
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Review Date
December 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Kevin Mullins ,  Racer

Summary:
All the trails here rock i currently live in North Carolina but grew up in West Virginia and Slaty Fork is the best riding i've did anywhere i ride here once a year and always ride the same trails they are great Tea Creek, Tea Creek Mnt. Trail, Gulley Mnt. Trail, The New Props Run, Red Run Trail, and service road to all the trail head is a great work out.

Recommended Route:
219 north Mine rd. on the left, 219 south mine rd on the right ride or drive up the mnt. trail heads are everywhere need a map go to elk river tourning center

Other recommended trails in the same area:
out and backs on the seneic highway and seneic highway awesome road ride.



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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Brandon , from Louisville, KY

Summary:
Tried to give this trail a 3, giving it a 5 now since something went wrong last review.



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