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putnam county park

Average Rating:    (4.7 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

This trail system is still being developed. The trails are marked but the trail markers are only on one side of the trees. Start at the trail head and start to follow the markers. Some of the newer trails are not marked yet but can be found off of the existing trails. You can get 5 miles of riding in on these trails once you figure them out. If you are driving through West Virginia on Interstate 64, the trails are about 6 miles from the Winfield Teays Valley exit, exit 39. All of the trails are on the hillside above the park.
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Latitude
38.54303003513975
Longitude
-81.93114280700683
Trail Length
5
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Eleanor
State/Territory/Province
WV
Zip/Postal Code
25070
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
February 7, 2016

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Calboy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've been riding at Putnam County Park for years and I've watched it go from very few trails to having just shy of 20 miles of true single track! Built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. There's not a weak link in this system. Each trail has its own personality. It truly has it all...fast sections with banked turns, white knuckle rock gardens, insane climbing.....................it's the Walmart of bike parks! LOL! So if your up for a challenge stop by and ride the master loop. The kiosk at the trailhead will show you how to do it. Good luck!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kanawha state forest
Barboursville city park
Beech fork state park
Bob Evans Farm
Mountwood park



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Review Date
September 13, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gfunkydog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode a few miles of this today. Awesome Trail. Very well marked. Very well taken care of. Can't wait to get back here. If people only knew about this gem. Fantastic! If you're within 100 miles this is a must ride Trail!

Recommended Route:
Not much help here. Only went as far as the first shortcut back but what I did see of it is fantastic. I know we were on Gun range Hill, Boyscout and Americorp.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Barboursville Park River Trail - Novice / Beginner
Arrowhead Trails, Fayetteville WV. - Beginner - Intermediate
Mountwood Park, Parkersburg WV. -Intermediate / Expert



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Review Date
September 1, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Steve ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail system is now complete and well marked at each major intersection. The trail system consists of an 18 mile loop with approximately 2,400 feet of climbing. The skill level is moderate with several expert technical areas. Follow the red arrows to ride the 18 mile loop. The major intersections are marked with a map of the trail system with an asterisk to mark your position. The yellow arrows designate the shortcut routes. The trails are extremely well maintained. This is a must ride trail if you are in the area.

Recommended Route:
The 18 mile loop is my preference but Faceplant is a must ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kanawha State Forest is a trail system in Charleston, WV. It has long sustained climbs and expert level descents.



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Review Date
September 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Quentin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Nice trail system in the Putnam County Park. Lots of different trails that can be strung together to do a short hard climbing loop to something longer and more flowing. The trails are on basically 3 different ridge faces with small connector sections to easily get from one to another. Trail is mostly hard packed dirt with somewhat frequent roots and rocks other than a few short sections that are rocky and technical. No extremely long climbs but many short steep climbs that hit pretty hard on the ~6 miles to the top coming from the gun range road. Youtube clip of Gun Range and Overlook attached. http://youtu.be/UpjCutWE5js

Recommended Route:
Per Strava:
Lower Gun Range to Faceplant to Upper Gun Range to Overlook back onto Upper Gun Range onto Backside onto Roller Coaster to Cliffside down Americorp onto Boy Scout (out and back) and finish up at the Fairground barn.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kanawha State Forest



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Review Date
November 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MrGoat ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I think this is a greatly under used system. I try to ride here several times a week and so far I have ridden everything. Good mix of trails here, not much for the young ones or wives on comfort bikes. All of the trails are singletrack, Some areas are wide and some are bar scraping tight. The initial climb up the trailhead isn't bad but is pretty long before you get to some options.

Recommended Route:
The route I have been riding recently is this: Park at gravel lot accross from Road to Gun range, Ride road to Trailhead. Take Trailhead all the way to the "Resting Log" (at the top of the second long climb, also where first fork in trail is). Continue left toward Gun Range Hill, climb Gun range Hill to last right hand switchback and hop the notched log toward Tombstone. Ride tombstone to Americorps and continue climbing to the right. Crest the ridge and drop down onto Cliffside (left and junction). Ride Cliffside around until the first split (near the memorial). Left up the hill to a short doubletrack then left back to where you turned left to get onto cliffside only turn right and climb what we call the bypass trail / Rocky Step. This Trail dumps you out at the bottom of the XXX descent. Continue on double track a short distance then drop off to the right. Continue this way over the gas line and around the racetrack backward. This will eventually drop you back at the resting log I mentioned earlier. From here you can continue back toward Gun Range then turn left and ride out Boy Scout back to the car.



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