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Greenbrier River Trail

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No. of Reviews: 4

Rails to Trails. Beautiful ride along the Greenbrier River with several tunnels and stop overs ends at Cass, WVA.
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Latitude
38.03078569382294
Longitude
-80.6396484375
Trail Directions
I-64 to White Sulphur Springs exit. T/L go 2 miles to Caldwell, WVA. T/R at Greenbrier River Trail sign go 1 mile to parking lot.
Trail Length
55 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
White Sulphur Springs
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: monnarush ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am lucky to live only 3 miles from this trail, it is very beautiful, and yes it is wilderness. I have ridden this trail since 2003, but have ridden my horse on it for many years before this. It is easy riding, but if you want senery and peace and quiet this is it. As far as wildlife goes, you see the occasional, bear/snake/deer/birds/ ect. but in 20+ years I have never been attacked, most of the wildlife is just trying to get away from you not chase after you. I actually in 2003 to 2007 seasons rode the trail every day after work. I only had 1 flat tire, and one instance of a bird fly into me as I came around the bend. No other problesm lots of beautiful pics, and relaxing peace and quiet. You will fall in love with this trail as long as your not looking for something BMX style riding. If you want long distance its 78 miles long. I reccoment this trail to everyone!

Recommended Route:
Either North to South, or South to North, then North end is more remote. The south end does not see the river as much as the north end. You can get supplies at Cass, Seebert, Marlinton, Renick, Caldwell. There are places if you know the trail :)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are a few but not that close to the GRT (check out the website for the Greenbrier River Trail.



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Review Date
July 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mikebebop ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tried to ride the Greenbrier River Trail from bottom to top. Did not make it. Started at bottom and did approximately 20 miles of it a day in out and backs to the car or hotel. Spent first night in Lewisburg, next three in Marlinton. Beautiful river, when you can see it, which isn't often. Very, very stony path. There were many smooth sections, but there were also many really rough sections; although, no where near as bad as C&O. Stones about 1 to 2 inches in length, many of them cemented into the "packed limestone" sticking up, ready to puncture. Got a flat the third day and two the last day then a broken pump. I was near MP 64 for over two hours and not another human being came by. Lots of nice biting black flies, though. Finally fixed the hand pump enough to get back the eight miles to Marlinton. Beautiful river. Bring a dozen innertubes and two pumps. No cell service throughout. Total wilderness. I was also threatened by a dog. No bears, lots of snakes. Still, worth it. Especially The Old Clark Inn in Marlinton. Great bike crash pad.

Recommended Route:
Bottom to top.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
GAP



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Review Date
September 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: wmarlowe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My wife and I rode this trail, carried camping gear on our mountain bikes and did this in 3 days, spending two nights on the trail. Beautiful trail, magnificent scenery along the Greenbrier river. Camp sites very nice along the trail. Quite remote. Easy technically, packed gravel, well maintained, no inclines. Almost boring except for the scenery. We parked at Caldwell, southern most end, had a shuttle take us to Cass to start the trail. Doesn't matter which way you ride. Take what you need with you, only passes through one town, Marlinton. Some water along trail sporadically from pumps, a few composting bathrooms as well. River easily accessible at all times if you have a water filter. A few lodging places along the way, one in Rennick, Glenn Diehl rents a lovely house right on the trail, 2/3 of way from Cass to Caldwell. Contact him at gt2diehls@aol.com.

Recommended Route:
Doesn't matter which way you ride.



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Review Date
January 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Be sure to pack these 3 items!
1. Can of Mace for viscious dogs at outer boundaries of adjacent homeowners.
2. Snake Bite Kit for Copperheads lounging across trail.
3. 44 Magnum for startled Bears around the bend.
Rails to Trails book described it as a "real wilderness trail". Now I know what they meant!

Recommended Route:
South to North-North to South-it doesn't matter. Just make sure you're on the trail before dawn if you intend to do it in one day.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Virginia Creeper Trail



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