Big Bear Lake Trail Center

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About this trail
Big Bear Lake is quickly becoming known as the hot spot for classic east coast single track. Years of trail development, by experienced mountain bikers have created a trail system that will have you grinning ear to ear. The terrain has everything to offer; gradual climbs, large embedded rocks, tight slaloms, challenging rock gardens, and off the saddle downhills. Close to 50 miles of trail wind through knee deep ferns and flora, soft needle pine plantations and groves of mountain laurel. Riders of all ages and abilities will find trails to fit their individual riding skills and need for adrenaline. Big Bear is the place to bring the entire family to experience mountain biking at its best.

This is a private resort area, however bikers are welcome. Cost is $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a season pass. Trail maps are provided at entrance. The Trail Center hosts several events throughout the year. Trails are open from Jan 1 through Oct 31. For more info go to www.bigbearwv.com or Big Bear Lake Trail Center - WV on FB.
added by OutdoornutSingletrack February 7, 2008
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Are all the trails rocky or are there some smoother trails? -Guest

A: The trails at Big Bear are natural trails (vs machine built) so they are mostly rocky with smooth sections in between. We have mostly embedded rock vs loose baby head rocks, which makes the trail a bit easier than other trails in the area. There isn't a lot of easy trail in this part of West Virginia but the trails at Big Bear are some of the more user friendly trails. Come check it out!

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Gramcounter


September 4, 2016
 
Review: If you click on "get directions" be careful that it doesn't take you way out and around. The easiest way to get there is Interstate 68. Once you exit its less than 5 minutes away.
$5.00 needed to get on the trails. You will be given a nice trail map so you know where to go.
Tons of well marked trails.
Lots of parking and theres also camping if you want to make a weekend out of it.
Tons to do there. Make it a priority to ride Big Bear.

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Granny Gear

August 29, 2016
 
Review: I rode the Jump trail, Voodoo, and the Crack trail, and I ought to preface this review by mentioning that it was about 95 degrees and humid when I rode, and the last thing I ate before riding was a gigantic bean burrito that had sat in the car overnight.

Second of all, it is good to note that the lake in the middle of this area is supported by a fairly large dam, which means it is not actually the low point of the network. just by looking at the map I assumed that sections that go towards the lake are downhill, and away is uphill. This is frequently not the case.

For example, the first trail I rode was the Jump trail, which I expected to be a fun, fast downhill with several jumps on it. In reality, it has one rock-drop at the entrance and soon turns into a technical climbing trail UP to the lake. A fun, well made trail, but not what I was expecting.

Voodoo trail was great, with challenging technical climbs and descents, really cool rock features, and terrific dirt. I felt appropriately challenged and was occasionally rewarded with fast flowy sections.

When I did the Crack trail I was almost out of water at the start, which was an issue in the heat, but I still swear it managed to be uphill both ways. Whoever said that most climbs here are short and punchy must have forgotten the 2 mile grind up a fire road with no shade to get out of the Crack trail. Every time I got to the top of a hill I'd go around a corner and keep going up until I found myself back at the start! Many of the descents were just straight and fast, speeding you over chattery rocks and delivering you efficiently to the next climbing section so your displeasure could continue unimpeded by any kind of excitement. Despite this, there was one very fun downhill section which definitely made up for my frustration. I won't ruin the surprise but its called the Crack trail for good reason, as you will find out when riding this fun and unique section.

I did not have very much fun overall while riding here, but I can't blame the trails for that entirely. They are beautiful trails with plenty of interesting and challenging features, and I bet I would have had a blast in cooler weather. If I have the chance to come back, I'd probably take the shortcut out of Crack and try out some of the other trails I missed.

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Trailblazer

August 2, 2016
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Review: Miles of singletrack that can't be beat. Lots of roots and rocks. Rode 10 miles here and enjoyed it. A recent rain shower left it pretty muddy and slick.

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Granny Gear

July 11, 2016
 
Review: If you like rock gardens, this place is for you. Trails difficulty is accurately rated, however trail entrances are not. Rangers at the gate and employees at the country store are less than helpful about trailhead location, which are not clearly marked. Maps are conveniently placed at some trail intersections with "you are here" markings and are given out upon arrival and highly recommended. This place will test your suspension and handling skills. Hills are mostly short, steep and very slippery when wet. My one complaint was that downhills that could be fast and fun required caution as just around the corner was a pile of rocks. Others were simply rocks for the entire length, making for a "just hang on" descent !Piles of fun! (ha ha). I will be going back!!!

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Trailblazer


June 29, 2016
 
Review: Awesome trails! There is plenty of variety here---something for everyone. Lots of techy spots and large boulders, with flowy stuff in between. I can't wait to head back in August for the Big Bear Ultra race!

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Gramcounter

May 25, 2016
 
Review: Wow this trail system kicked my rear end. Just moved to WV from Maryland and I'm typically used to fast flowy singletrack like Seneca Ridge, Shaffer Farm and Fountainhead. This place even makes Patapsco look like child's play. Lots of rocks, roots and mud, although we just had 3 weeks of rain, so that's what I'll chalk the mud up to. Even though I'm used to the fast flowy stuff, I had a great time here.....once I adjusted my rebound for all the rocks. This place is what mountain biking is all about. Tons of trails and after over 2 hours of riding I felt like I barely tapped into what this place has to offer. For West Virginia the climbs weren't too brutal, I was expecting worse. This place is about an hour away but I'd definitely make the trek again.

Similar Trail: Frederick Watershed

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Bunny Hop

January 6, 2016
 
Review: Simply the greatest place ive ever ridden. I love it here. Great maintenance. Any type of terrain you want. Super flowy, gnarly, drops, downhills, climbs, flat singletrack for what seems like miles of each. I honestly havent found a better place to ride, and cant wait to make it back out.

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October 17, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Almost heaven! This trail has everything;fun, fast flowing single-track, crazy fun technical descents, challenging climbs, a true mountain bikers trail.

Similar Trail: coopers rock, snowshoe, slatyfork

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Bunny Hop


October 16, 2015
 
Review: I'm the Recreation Land Manager for the Big Bear Lake Trail Center, so I am biased but this is a 5 star riding area all day long. I maintain the trails and make sure riders know where to go to find their perfect ride. We are new to Singletracks.com but aim to update our trail info and continue to contribute to this really great resource for finding places to shred. We now have close to 50 miles of trails, mostly all sweet WV singletrack. Many miles of new hand made feature trail have been built that really compliment the existing trail network. Attending one of our events throughout the year is a really great way to check out the trails. Look us up at www.bigbearwv.com (trail events tab) or Big Bear Lake Trail Center - WV on FB.

Similar Trail: Quebec Run, Coopers Rock, Fork Run

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Gnarly


February 15, 2015
 
Review: This is some sweet, but challenging singletrack. I have only ridden there once. I did a race there some time back but just now getting around to writing a review. I feel I would have enjoyed this trail even more if I wasn't racing that day. All the other people and the lung buster start was rough. I would like to make it back there some day. Not very close to my home. Once you finally make it to the top of the mountain there is some awesome singletrack in a pine grove that ends with a great view.

Similar Trail: Sleepy Creek

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