This is a great XC trail. However, this trail is not for the light hearted. It has every obstacle one could think of including rocks, streams, rocks, roots, rocks, logs, rocks, steeps, oh and did I mention rocks? You might want to bring out the fully for this one. Your ass will thank you!
Summary: All the rocks, roots, and laurel you can stand and then some. I see most posts mention riding it toward Rt.32. I feel it is best ridden the other direction. If you like challenging yourself and using all your skills, this is one of the trails to do it on.
Recommended Route: The ultimate out and back with a loop to include Plantation. Start at Canaan Valley Resort at the Lodge. Leave the parking lot and take a right toward the golf course. About halfway down the hill, watch for a trail sign on your left just before a wide pull off. Take this trail, ? Can't remember the stinking name. At the first intersection go right and follow that trail. At the next intersection, stay right and at the next intersection stay right again. You are now on Allegheny Trail or better known as (Park to Park Trail). Follow this trail to Canaan Loop Rd., take a right, ride a couple miles and watch for a little sign on the left (Fire Trail #3). If you get to the gate,
you just missed it. Take Fire Trail #3 to Plantation, go left and ride Plantation past Davis Trail and to the next intersection (Fire Trail #6) Go left on #6 and back out to Canaan Loop Rd. Take a left on Canaan Loop Rd. and ride a couple miles back to the Allegheny Trail Head on your right. Backtrack to Canaan Valley Resort. Park to Park is a blast going back this way.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Moonrocks, HooDoo Rocks, check listing for Davis/Canaan XC Course. Dobbin House is short by fun and the short Canyon Rim Trail is fun. Just drive up near Olson Tower and make a short loop. Lots of other trails inside Canaan Loop Rd. with Plantation.
Summary: Technical riding at it's best. I rode from Rte 32 to Canaan Loop Trail and encountered what everyone else testified to...rocks, roots, stream crossings, moss covered rocks and roots, deep mud holes. In early June I ran into about 1.5 miles of unridable mud somewhere between miles 5 and 7 into Plantation. I should have bailed left on the Lindy Trail before the worst of the mud bogs. Even though there was a good bit of hike-a-bike I still gotta give up 5 chilis because there's nothing else like it that pounds on for 8 miles. I think next time I'll ride it in the opposite direction and start at the Lindy Trail from Canaan Loop. That way I can ride down 3 technical steeps instead of just one.
Recommended Route: Take Lindy Trail from Canaan Loop Trail to Plantation and make a right. Finish Plantation Trail at Rte 32.
Summary: Over rated!!! Just rode this trail on my quest to ride the Bikes 10 best trails. As said over rated. While the trail does have the tech features of east coast singletrack, it is mostly slow with no climbing to be rewarded by bombing down any section. The one tech downhill actually has caution ribbion hanging from the trees before you get there as a warning as if it was a eight foot drop awaiting you, which there is not. Too many mudholes that almost reach the disc and that was with two weeks of no rain on a 90 plus day. Traveled from D.C. for this one and was butt raped at the bike shop for the basics of tubes and on co2 cost nearly $20. Save your money and go to Asheville,NC and ride Black MT, Trace Ridge, Bennet Gap, Betty Hienous, or go to Moab,UT and Slickrock, Barrlet Wash, Porcupine Rim, Moab Rim, and Posion Spider, and by the way the bike shops in both cities are real riders that dont rape you on prices and by them a six and the may tell you secret spots.
Recommended Route: from cannan loop rode ride until you hit the road again and turn around and ride trail back to car
Other recommended trails in the same area: non
Review Date May 27, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Giantxc
, from Washington, DC
Summary: I road this started from the entrance at the on Canaan Loop Road with some friends after a big rain storm the day before. The first 3 miles was nearly all running water, mud bog, or overgrown Rhododendron bushes. One puddle reached my fork boots and a number of sections had knee deep mud. Overall not the rewarding experience I hoped for. Within the first 3 miles, I think, we actually got off the trail some how and connected to the RR Grade trail, which we road to a fire road. We re-connected with the Plantation Trail by taking another perpendicular trail (sorry the name escapes me at the moment - its the next one closer to 32). We then rode the last 5.5 miles of Plantation out to 32. This portion was technical riding at its best. It was difficult, wet and muddy but all ridable. Also my got my first bear sighting of the weekend on this part. I'd really like to ride it when dry. FYI, the owner of Blackwater Bikes is very helpful. If you need gear or advice while in Davis stop in, he'll help ya out.
Recommended Route: I'm guessing this would be my prefered loop after riding parts, but here ya go: Ride down Canaan Loop Road, turn right onto the Railroad Grade Trail turn right onto plantation trail and ride out to Rt 32.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Lead Mine Trail
Review Date February 26, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Mike Reynolds
, from pittsburgh, Pa.
Summary: Excellent technical trail. When I rode, it still had a little snow, ice, and was pretty wet, and I still enjoyed it. Excellent scenery. I'm just an intermediate rider and I was able to ride most of it. A lot of rocks, some roots. I didn't think the roots were all that bad. A lot of rocks. I highly advise stopping by "Blackwater Bikes" in Davis, and getting a map of the trails in the area. YES, BLACKWATER BIKES IS OPEN AGAIN! The bike shop was extremely helpful. Great little town.
Recommended Route: You will find the trail head about 2 miles just South of Davis, WV on Route 32, on the right hand side. If you pass the "Welcome To The Monongahela National Forest" sign you've gone about 100 yards too far.
Other recommended trails in the same area: IF you pick up the map at Blackwater Bikes you can find several trails in the area. Excellent place to hide away for a few days and ride all over.