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Shinnston - Fairmont Trail

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No. of Reviews: 9

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Latitude
39.39640774949963
Longitude
-80.2961540222168
Trail Directions
Rt. 19 South From Clarksburg...Trailheads At Shinnston,Enterprise,Hutchison,Monogah and Fairmont
Trail Length
16 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Shinnston
   


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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jack Connolly , from Fairmont, WV, USA

Summary:
This trail is ridden regulary. It is in good condition. Nice slopes and long grades. Regular rest stops and friendly folks walk it enough. Horse poop and hoove holes aret he only real drawback. I ride every Sat/Sun at 6:30 AM. Ride time averages 2 - 2.5 hours round trip depending on trail squish. Watch for the occasional dog; loud whistle or mace comes in handy very rarely.

Recommended Route:
Start behind Big Lots in Fairmont. Go to Edgeway Drive and follow down around to the end. Trail head pops out of nowhere. Go down the very steep gravel road and turn right onto the trail. 14.5 miles to Shinnston from there. I recommend either going to the Shop-N-Save in Shinnston for a snack at the end or the Dairy Queen for refreshments.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The RailTrail from Prickett's Fort to Morgantown is open - 18 miles each way. Top is still very rough in some spots - definitely don't stop in these areas or you won't get started and a walkout is going to be tougher. The trail will be one of the best around when top is finished. Beautiful canopy cover from the sun and elements. River side ride the entire way. Long stretches of nature.



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Review Date
May 12, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tonia Griffin , from Morgantown, WV

Summary:
I have ridden on many WV trails and I find this one to very enjoyable. The packed limestone surface is easy to ride on. The route manely flat. Great for a family outing. When I went this spring I even saw a few waterfalls.

Recommended Route:
Start by parking at the end of Mahlon St. in Shinnston. The trail begins there under the U.S. 19 bridge. Continue onto Fairmont about 15 miles one way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I live in Morgantown so I have to tell you about the Mon. River Trail., it's great! You can start at the trail head on the warf district downtown. Biking north takes you to Star City, south can take you all the way to the Uffington bridge. It's 51/2 miles of asphalt trail, the rest packed limestone.



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Review Date
April 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Roger , from Clarksburg

Summary:
This Trail is Good for one thing. When I want to ride with my grandma she can keep up. If you ride vallyfalls or watersmith dont even bother with this trail you will quickly get board BUT! if you are just a starter this is the best railtrail to start on Its Smoooooth ! Have fun!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mongoose Trail: As you come to Hepzibah turn into Clarksburg Casket Co and you will see a trail leading up to the woods. its Killer made by 4wheelers and will take to all the way to Lambers run. This is a real trail no Grooming. Its a Blast!



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Review Date
February 1, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Parker , from Fairmont, West Virginia

Summary:
The trail is great for little workouts, the grade is very level, and smooth, unlike most railtrails the grade is a fine grinded rock not gravel.

Recommended Route:
From Mary lou Retton park

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cooper's Rock is good for a real workout recreational ride or race. Bunner's ridge is good too.



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Review Date
October 9, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Summary:
I Have Rode A Lot Of Rail-Trails In The State And This One Has The Best Base Of All. If The People That Put The 3/4" Rock On The Other Trails Had To Ride It,They Would Understand Why The Shinnston Trail Uses Pea Gravel Or Crush & Run. No Bone Jarring On This Trail. A Thumbs-Up To The Shinnston Rail-Trail People! (Fine Job And Many Thanks)



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