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Charles Fork Lake Trails

Average Rating:    (4.08 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Trail starts at top of dam and loops around the lake. Lakeview trail goes up a fire road to the right and following a short climb rolls along the hillside on a rollercoaster of double and single track. After about six miles coast downhill to a field and make a left onto a dirt road. When you come to the head of the lake make a right going uphill on Charlies Challenge Trail. At the top of the climb bear left and roll along again staying to the left before dropping onto the dam and back to the car.
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Latitude
38.7779078709609
Longitude
-81.34672164916992
Trail Directions
Rt 119 N to just south of Spencer. Make Rt onto SR36. Make Rt at sign an follow road to top of dam.
Trail Length
10.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Spencer
   


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Review Date
May 19, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jessica Lesher ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Me and my 8 yr old daughter went to Charles Fork Lake today to walk the trails. It started out good we knew where we were going but then the trails got confusing cause some of them were closed and shot off, so because of that we ened up getting lost. But thank GOD some people heard us talking and helped the police find us and got us out of there beofre dark. Please put up better signs so it don't again. Me and my daughter want to go back up there to enjoy the trails or provide help to people throgh the trails. Thank You.



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Review Date
August 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: kmoses ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are great when its dry and people hae been riding them. If not, stay away because they can get REALLY overgrown and mucky. The best time to ride them is probably after the WVMBA race here in May. Lots and lots of fun when conditions are good.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Calhoun park



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Review Date
July 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Hanger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've road this trail once. I must have been out of shape because it kicked my butt. I drove an hour to get there and can't wait to go back later in the season when I can handle the aerobics better. The trail was well kept up. There wasn't a boring section in the 10.5 mile loop.

Recommended Route:
Lake trail one was great.



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Review Date
May 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Wow! What a difference from Sept. 2005 to yesterday, May 14, 2006. My son and I drove to Charles Fork to test ride the race course. We followed the Lap 1 course that is listed on their web page. Do a search for Charles Fork and they have maps listed. The trails were great. We were about 1/3 of the way into the loop and the rains came. Even though we got pretty wet the ride was still enjoyable. They have cleaned up the trees or made them rideable. I had no flats this time around and only ran into one spider web. That may have been due to the downpoor that occurred. Anyway, Lakeview, Trevor's and Charlie's Challenge were in awesome shape. Worth the trip to Spencer. Just don't wait too long after the race on the 21st of May. It should be good for a while after. I'm sure by September it will be like last year so do it early, LOL...

Technical difficulty is average. There are some areas on the trail that might rate a technical 5 and others a Aerobic 5. But the entire ride averages a IMO a 3. My Son is 11 and was able to ride all but one spot and a couple log crossings.

Recommended Route:
Awesome ride, just follow lap 1 on the Tour de Lake map. Very fun ride. Especially when you get around to Trevor's Trail and Charlie's Challenge up near Big Rocks. You will love this section of trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
See the other maps available on the same site showing all the trails around Charles Fork Lake near Spencer WV.



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Review Date
September 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Seems odd there hasn't been a post on Charles Fork since 03? My son and I drove down there from Parkersburg a couple weekends back and was I disappointed. There were thorns all over the trails (cut down but not moved off the trails) and the spiders were horrific. I have never run through so many spider webs and had so many spiders on my anywhere, anytime. There were so many unridable blockages (trees across the trails) it was disappointing. Just getting out we always have fun however I won't drive all the way there so I can fix four flats, brush off more spiders than I care to think about, and carry my bike around tree after tree. (Not counting the ones we could ride across, which was several). Think the best time to ride here would be right after the race held in May. Just to note, we love the trails there, when they are clear and well used. However, appears there are not many riding there any more, obvious by all the spiders webs and trees across the trails. Probably same reason I won't go back till right after the race next year, if the have it. Hope some more riders in that area take an interest to renew a great bunch of trails.
I was told by a rider I met at Mountwood that there is only one guy trying to keep the trails up at Charles Fork. My hat is off to him because there were some features there that were not the last time I was there. He could sure use some help from the locals to get Charles Fork into the shape it used to be. Guess I'll just check it out after the race next year and ride it then.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mountwood Park near Parkersburg. Awesome clean trails. Riding for everyone. Several new trails and sounds like some new ones coming.



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