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Big Bear Lake

Average Rating:    (4.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Trails range from beginner to advanced. The Beginner trails are dirt access roads around the campground that connect to paved roads. The advanced trails are mostly single track that were once dirt bike trails and logging roads. The scenery is mostly wooded, but there is are some very unique areas as well. My two favorites are past the old airstrip to the Cranesville overlook, and the other is some single track that goes through a stand of pine trees. The opportunity to view wildlife is better here than in Canaan Valley. On almost every ride I've taken here there was a flock of wild turkeys and more deer than riders on the trails. In short there is a lot of different terrain so you're never bored and there's more than enough rocks, roots, downhills, and climbs to challenge anyone.
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Latitude
39.50404070558415
Longitude
-79.62890625
Trail Directions
I-68 East from Morgantown, WV, to Hazelton exit and take a right. Go about 4 miles to Big Bear Lake Campground and pick up a trail map.
Trail Length
20 + miles of single track
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hazelton
   


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Review Date
December 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: John Herod ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Lots of trails with some climbing,rock drops and loamy flowing single track.
Genes trail has some rock features while Crack trail has some flow.

Recommended Route:
You will get a trail map with your entry fee. It only has the main trails on it.
Trail markers are few but there some trails not on the map that are worth searching for.
If they would just get a better trail identification system you could explore all day.



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Review Date
June 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dlight ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Pick up a trail map and ride the crosscountry race course. This is a super sweet riding area with a little of everything. No big nasty climbs, but penty of climbing, a couple wicked fast downhill sections, and a few rock gardens. The trails are well maintained, extremely well marked and trail construction is ongoing with something like 30 miles currently.

Recommended Route:
Cross country race course about 20 miles or the 24 hours course something like 12 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cooper's Rock



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Review Date
July 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place rocks. Every type of terrain you can imagine. Well worth the $5 daily fee and if you ride it much you can get a season pass.

Recommended Route:
Highly recommend the 21 mile loop listed on the map you get at the gate. It will take you on almost all the trails at the Bear.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coopers Rock and WVU Forest across the road from Coopers.



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Review Date
May 24, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Lv2mtb ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode the Big Bear trail system based on a recommendation from a bike shop in Ohiopyle - what a great find. Trails are fast, swooping, twisty with enough rocks thrown in to keep you on your toes. Some fun rocky descents and short steep climbs with lots of rolling terrain in between. A solid intermediate ride with just a few short sections that I walked (but could be ridden by a more advanced rider).

Recommended Route:
We did the blue loop and the yellow loop (twice because it was so much fun)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
First time ridding in this area.



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Review Date
August 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: emco ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode the trail from a recomendation by a raft guide (who also recomended Coopers rock). As a beginning rider i found it mostly challenging, while my boyfriend enjoyed it very much.
We rode after a rainy night so there were lots of very smelly puddles on the trail (the place is a RV campground in a swamp). The flys swarmed the mud on our legs.

Recommended Route:
There are several marked trail loops and plenty of extra trails. We ended up riding the racing loop, about 20 miles.



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