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putnam county park

Average Rating:    (4.57 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

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
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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Review Date
January 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ZachAttack ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail this year was a little harder than last mostly because of mud and melted snow but overall the park service kept the trail in excellent conditions under the circumstances. The trail is moderatly challenging if you do a couple of laps around the high route and then bend down to the lower route. Overall a great workout and excellent trail for a family with children 13+. I personally use this trail to get my body back in shape for hockey season.

Recommended Route:
When you pull into the park from the main gate you will want to take the first right across a small bridge across an estimated 30 ft. gap. Keep on this road untill you pass the gun club gate and reach a second gate with a pavillion and a parking area. Park in this area. The trail head is visible from this point. When you start off on the trail you will want to go right and halfway through this trail you will come across a fork. You will want to go left on this fork. It will take you back downhill and then circle around back to the trail head. I have found this to be the best route for working my legs and torso. Have fun and dont stop its a blast!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There aren't many trails in this area but im sure that you will enjoy a couple that are in chattanooga, Ohio.



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Review Date
April 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: lazy_pedal ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There hasn't been a review of this trail since 2008, so I thought it worth bumping this review post.

This trail set continues to see EXCELLENT maintenance and effort on the part of the caretakers of this trail set.

Excellent single track, with lots of options on routes. Previous reviews do a good job of instructions, so I'll forgo repeating that. That said, if you are in the area and want a GREAT ride, be sure to hit up these trails...they are still being maintained, and are in race ready condition any day of the week.

There are options for everyone here, with some technical, and not so technical loops that you can take advantage of. You'll never get bored on this trail set.

Recommended Route:
Hit the warm up section creekside by putting in at the gate at the park entrance...that little warm up will spit you right back out at the pool...then bank a right at the pool, cross the creek bridge, and bear right down the gravel road toward the gun range...trail enters on left at the edge of the first clearing BEFORE you hit the red gun range gate.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Barboursville Park, Beech Fork Park, Kanawha State Forest (in that order)



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Review Date
October 15, 2008

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: mtbikewv ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Several miles of excellent single track have been added. You can easily ride an 11 mile loop without backtracking. The trails offer everything from rock gardens, switchbacks, steep short climbs, (nothing too long), log crossings to smooth fast twisty single track. There are several trails that are great for beginners and enough technical stuff to keep an experienced rider smiling and wanting to come back for more.

The trails are well maintained, however the trails are not marked very well. Trail signs are going to be setup very soon to help new riders navigate the trail system. There is a trail map at the kiosk that gives a gerneral overview of the trails.

There is a Wednesday group ride that meets at the pool parking lot at 6 pm during the summer. The group ride is very laid back and everyone is welcome.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kanawha State Forest
Little Creek Park
Bob Evans Farm (Rio Grande)
Barboursville Park
Beech Fork State Park



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