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Mossy Rock

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Not the steepest or most technical. Lots of embedded rocks to transition off of, and two mentionable creek crossings. Definitely a fast, fun trail. Empties onto pool road, which is a fast downhill back to Davis Creek Trail. Just follow the road to the left.
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Latitude
38.264164055142075
Longitude
-81.64777278900146
Trail Directions
Go to Kanawha State Forest, go up middle ridge road and follow the road until you see Mossy on the right side of the road
Trail Length
3/4
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Charleston
Zip/Postal Code
25304
Country
USA
   


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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Couldn't describe it any better than the previous review. Just wanted to let everyone know the trail is still that good.

Recommended Route:
Start at the pool parking lot, or if you are staying at the campground, start from there, ride Davis Creek Trail to the beginning, take a right on blacktop for about 1/2 mile, then right on the first gravel road to the right, ride around gate and start the long climb. You will see the sign for Middle Ridge Trail on your left near the top. Take Middle Ridge Trail, it will cross Middle Ridge Road in a short distance and put you on the right hand side of Middle Ridge Rd. Go right on Middle Ridge Road when you come to it the second time and Mossy Rock is just a few feet up the road on your right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ballard and Black Bear Trails are awesome with lots of technical riding, Teaberry Rock (awesome downhill) and many other trails are here in Kanawha State Forest. Trail map is available online at Kanawha State Forests website.



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Review Date
October 27, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dhslovak ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail rocks. Serious. A smooth drop in leads to a sharp left hand turn, followed by a mellow downhill that has several rocks and roots across it, but be careful to rein in your speed as the trail cuts to the right and then abruptly back to the left. It's fun, but it throws off your rythm. From there do a slight up hill, then cut across a small drop in the trail that is littered with roots. From there the trail descends past a large boulder (size of my VW). It dips into a ravine, and pops you back up into a left hander into a downhill. This leads to one of the creek crossings, with large embedded rocks which can be negotiated without trouble, but for fun launch off one then use that momentum to carry yourself over the next. Just search for the right line.
The trail climbs up again, then drops into a creek cossing that is more difficult than it seems. Bare to the right, distribute your weight, and then kick the pedals hard to get up an over a large embedded rock on the opposite side. There is a hard right, and the trail begins to descend again. There is a left hand turn that leads into a rock garden that has a somewhat step - up at the end. Keep to the left, then push hard and pull up on the handlebars. Another right, and the trail meanders along the side of the hill dropping every now and again. There are abrupt bends that encourage you to control your speed, but they can be used to catch some air time. The trail bottoms out into some loose rock, a few more twists and a ride over some roots and two fallen trees (small) and it dumps you onto pool road. Take a right up a steep, short climb, and enjoy a fast, easy descent to the parking lot.

Recommended Route:
Up middle ridge

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The bear, polecat, ballard, wildcat, pine ridge, davis, teaberry



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