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West Fork River Trail

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Very gentle grade. hardly noticible. good rail trail ride
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Latitude
38.755154214849426
Longitude
-79.73464965820312
Trail Directions
Take 33 east through Elkins to a town called Alpena. In Alpena take a right(there is a Forest service sign at the intersection also. Travel out the road for 10 miles. It may seen like a long way but it is not. When you come to the town of Glady continue staright onto Glady road. Follow the road to the Gate. Parking is on the left by the cemetery
Trail Length
22 miles one way
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Glady
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 16, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bullitproof ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a really nice rail trail through meadows, over old train bridges, and along a creek. I parked at the Glady trailhead and explored the .5 mile or so to the tunnel prior to riding. That little stretch was very overgrown. I ended up walking the end since my head was taking a branch beating. The tunnel was absolutely awesome. It was flooded with a light waterfall dripping over the opening. I was a little creeped out by the animal bones though.
Heading South on the trail was highly enjoyable. I think if I remember correctly, I did the ride in two hours one way.

Recommended Route:
Park in Glady, explore the tunnel, take the rail trail to Durbin, and enjoy a ride on the Durbin Rocket train. I had my family bring me back to the trailhead to pick up my car after the 3 hours trail ride. It was a really nice day.



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Review Date
April 13, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: a_klug ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Try combining backpacing and fishing this ride. Many campers along the road that parallels the river, but some remote trout fishing on the W Fork and Little River. Look for the 6'6" red-head on the Gary Fisher. Expect the stonefly and caddis hatch in late March/early April, grab your bike and ride.

Recommended Route:
Several points to jump on the trail, for fishermen find the remote holes

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go to Blackwater Bike stor in Davis, they will definitely point you in the right direction. Very challenging rides within 30 miles



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Review Date
January 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dale Porter , from Charleston, WV

Summary:
This trail follows the West Fork of the Greenbrier River from Durbin to Glady and then crosses over to the Shaver's Fork of Cheat by a tunnel. Most people avoid the tunnel because of deep standing water on the Glady end. No special surface preparation was done for trail use after the track were removed, so don't expect the smooth ride of many rail trails. Once you get three or four miles out of Durbin, there are is no habitation until you reach Glady. It is a ride along a scenic valley that once was occupied by several lumber camps that are now just names on a map (May, Burner, Wildel). Prettiet time is mid September when the valley floor is covered by gold wildflowers and the trees are starting to show some color. Forest Service 44 parallels the trail from Durbin to Glady, so shuttles are possible. One of the more scenic rail trails in WV.

Recommended Route:
Any portion or all of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
FS 17, Hingle Run Trial, Burner Mt. Trail and Span Oak Trail makes a good 18 mile loop for the more adventurous riders.



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