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New River Gorge Trail System

Average Rating:    (3.77 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Trail starts out as a rolling dirt road, then has a fast desent until it intersects a single track. This section was once a mining railroad, but the ride is a little more difficult and fun than your average rail trail. Incredible views high above the New River. This trail goes to an area called Cunard, then can connect along the New River to a trail leading to the ghost town of Thurmond. From Thurmond there is additional trail leading to the small town on Minden.
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Latitude
38.055931218476616
Longitude
-81.09420776367187
Trail Directions
Fayetteville is north of Beckly WV on route 19. Take gatewood road for about two miles, then turn left at the sign that says Kaymoor No. 1. Go about one mile and continue past the camping area to a park service parking lot. The trail starts at a gated road from the lot. Ridge Riders in Fayetteville have maps, give cheerful directions, and provice excellent shuttle service in the area.
Trail Length
17 miles one way (entire system)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fayetteville
   


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Review Date
June 17, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: curtb98 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Stopped at Marathon Bike in Fayetteville for a ride route. I was only going to be in town for 1 day and received a trail map and great advice about the trail. I rode the Kaymoor loop and had a fantastic ride. Trail was in great shape and well maintained. In the process of getting in a ride you can see the remains of the old mine. The only negative is the majority of the drop in elevation for the loop is on a jeep trail, it would be better if there was a single track that paralleled the jeep trail.



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Review Date
October 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: voyager63 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I actually started on the Fayetteville trail at the cemetery/ball fields area and rode to Kaymoor Top. This is all single track. I classify myself as an intermediate rider, cautious and definitely no speedster. Having said this, I thought the Fayetteville trail was intermediate at best with a few steep areas. This part of the Fayetteville Trail was not very scenic. From Kaymoor Top I took the Kaymoor-Cunard Trail. After a steep descent on an old forest service road, the trail comes to a "T" intersection. Turning left takes you to Kaymoor mine (I didn't go this route). Turning right takes you to Cunard (which I did take). This is all single track with a few ups and downs. There is one steep area at a slide area from the 2001 floods. I was told the Forest Service put steps there for people like me to walk down. When I got to Cunard I was told the trail drops to the creek, then back up to a dirt road, however I ended up in someone's backyard. There was a rock road to the right and I took this to a paved road in Cunard. I turned left, and then left again at the next road, then right after crossing the bridge was the New River Gorge River Access Road which I took. This was a steep downhill to the bottom of the gorge, and also the trailhead for the Cunard-Thurmond Trail. This is a mixture of single and double track and very level. You are riding on an old train bed, in fact you will see old railroad ties and rails as you get closer to Thurmond. The Kaymoor-Cunard and Cunard-Thurmond trail are very scenic. I really enjoyed riding these trail and the whole trip took me a little over 2 1/2 hours (this included stopping to take pictures).



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Review Date
April 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Hecklerboy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I used to ride these trails almost every weekend until I moved to the MNF. I love the Kaymor to Cunard trail. Not very difficult, but the scenic views and open trail makes it worth the ride. I really need to make a trip to Fayetteville this year

Recommended Route:
You can park at the top of Kaymor for a dollor at a campsite and the dude there will watch you care for you. Ride from Kaymor to Cunard. Then take the road back or ride the trail back if you like.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cunard to Thurmond. Flat, easy ride alon the New River.



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Review Date
April 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: MtSportMan , from Beckley,WV

Summary:
For those that are wondering the Park Service has done a great job cleaning up after the floods. All the trails are in great shape and the Southside Junction trail is now closed to vehicles at Brooklyn so the mud is not very bad at all anymore. Great rides to just get out and enjoy the mountains

Recommended Route:
Southside Junction to Cunard
&
Cunard to Kaymoor

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little Beaver State Park trails



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Review Date
August 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Goober , from Somewhere

Summary:
I was planning on riding from Cunard to Kaymoor, but the trail is out at Cunard, so I tried this. The trail is 6 miles each way. It starts out as an old abandoned road which is a total mud bath. You have to keep up your speed or the mud will suck you up and stop you. As you go further, it becomes an old mining railroad trail. This is where it gets fun. Most of the trail is dirt with some single track and parts which ride over the old railroad ties. Some of the trail is even between the old steel rails. There are some fairly steep, but short rock climbs and a couple of small stream crossings. When you get to Thurmond, there is an old railroad depot which has a visitor's center. This trail is not very technical, but it does have a few sections that even an experienced rider would probably enjoy. It's not a typical rail-trail ride. You won't find any 6 year olds on Huffys getting in the way. If your going to WV to raft, bring your bike.

Recommended Route:
Brooklyn to Thurmond and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The water trail on a raft.



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