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Wildcat Ridge

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Narrow technical singletrack that follows a ridge system, then drops steep off the mountail near the campground
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Latitude
38.26325426885575
Longitude
-81.66206359863281
Trail Directions
From Charleston, drive to Kanawha State Forest. Then you can get a map at the ranger's office and figure it out yourself.
Trail Length
2 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Charleston
   


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Review Date
July 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JasonWVU , from Charleston, WV

Summary:
The climp up Rattlesnake Hollow is good fun, really steep for a fireroad but way too short. I am not even going to try to explain how to get to the trailhead from the top, go left and use a map. The first 1/3 is really fast winding single track through trees with some nice up and downs. The down hill section is not too difficult, other then the switchbacks, but is all great fun. This is not a ride if you're looking for insanely technical stuff, this is more of an aerobic workout because 4/5ths of the ride is just getting to the trailhead.

Recommended Route:
Park at the lake, ride on the pavement until the first road on your right known as Rattlesanke Hollow then you better get your map out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All Kanawhay State Forest Trails



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Review Date
April 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Evan , from Charleston,WV

Summary:
Although the climb up is a killer worthy of a FSU ride, Wildcat Ridge is worth it. The first mile to a mile and a quarter rides the ridge with fast, narrow descents, and grueling, out-of-the-saddle climbs. The major downhills are narrow and probably the funnest out there. The switchbacks are so insane that I have never ridden all at once. Dude.

Recommended Route:
Well, getting to Kanawha State Forest is mind-knumbingly easy. When you get there, pedal up to Polly Hollow. Cross all of the creeks and keep to the right. Then turn left and get ready to bust your heart.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Polecat, Ballard, Black Bear(a must), Teaberry, Mossy Rock, Pigeon Roost. Stay off of the hikers trails.



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Review Date
March 5, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: matt , from Huntington

Summary:
Requires a good aerobic workout, but the downhill section is definitely worth it. Be ready for 5 major switchbacks, they get more difficult the further down you go! There are one or two small drop-offs on the trail (over roots) and is rocky in a couple of spots. Requires some skill.

Recommended Route:
Park at the pool, travel the road or the trail that parallels the road to Pigeon Roost Trail. Climb the Roost and take a right on the Boundary Road. At the first intersection on the raod, go left. Wildcat will be on the right a mile or two out the road. There is some climbing involved on the Boundary Ridge Road as well as on Wildcat. A couple of trails branch off of Wildcat, stay right at both intersections. This is an excellent ride!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mossy Rock, Ballard, Pine Ridge



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Review Date
September 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Eliot , from Greenville, NC

Summary:
excellent single-track with a good mix of trees, roots, rocks, and twists.
Finding the state forest is fairly easy: I64 to 119-S/Oakwood Rd, turn L on Oakwood and follow the signs to the park (which is about 6-7 miles, but easy).

Recommended Route:
We took this downward off of Pigeon Roost trail. My flat-lander legs recommend this direction!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pigeon Roost, Mossy Rock, Teaberry (any trail in Kanawha...). We rode the trails this past weekend (Sept) adn the weather was great, the trail system is well layed out, the trail-maps are actually very useful, adn the locals (bike shop and riders) are super helpful! Many thanks to Dennis Hedricks who guided us around! The trails and maps are good enough that someone could easily get around the first time on their own. And if they had the stamina, there were few trails anyone couldn't do (except Black Bear). Now if only I could find some stamina .....



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Review Date
June 9, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ig , from Ohio

Summary:
Excellent trail. Not as technical as some of the others but it makes up in this difficulty with killer switchbacks. Nice length and has a few log crossings to boot

Recommended Route:
Take pigeon roost to Boundary Road. Stay on the road for about 4 miles exit on the right



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