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Cranberry Glades Backcountry

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Start out through meadows, then into the forest and backcountry, across streams (there are bridges). There are not a lot of elevation changes, but when it's wet, the tree roots and rocks can be difficult. If you stray from the trail at all, you can end up axle deep in marsh and bog. It is an awesome ride, lots of beaver dams and wildlife. The last mile or so is gravel/dirt road. Backpacking is allowed; also makes a good afternoon ride.
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Trail Directions
Go to Cranberry Visitor Center and ask directions to trail. They are very helpful.
Trail Length
9 miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Mill Point

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Review Date
April 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: David Kirby , from Charleston, WV

The trail meanders through a wide open meadow, but stay on the trail. Areas off the trail are marshy and wet. The trail cuts back to the left into the forest, over bridges. You're in the forest awhile, relatively flat, before climbing to higher meadow area. Descend into the forest for the duration until reaching the dirt/gravel road for the last mile or so back to the parking area. Lots of wildlife, many beaver dams. Great afternoon ride.

Recommended Route:
Park in vistor parking lot at trailhead for the "walking tour". Bike back up the road you came in on about 1/4 mile, cut left onto trail, follow markers.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Seneca State Forest, Greenbrier River Trail, Sherwood Lake, the backroads in Highland & Bath Counties, Virginia are well marked if you have good topo maps.

outdoornut (02/16/2007)
Sounds like the reviewer is describing Cow Pasture Trail at the Cranberry Glades.
Very nice afternoon ride like he said. Also see Cow Pasture Trail.
There are some other great trails in the area as well. Pocahontas Trail, Kennison
Mtn. Trail, South Mtn. Trail (from lower Kennison Mtn. back down to the road at Cow
Pasture), and a few miles from there is Gauley Mtn. Trail, Red Run, Bear Pen, Tea
Creek Mtn. and more.
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