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Level: Advanced
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +342/ -344 ft
Total: 15 riders

Mountain Biking Cacapon State Park

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#9 of 109 mountain bike trails in West Virginia
#694 in the world

This trail is very challenging. It is more of a hiking trail to the top of a mountain. There are a variety of less difficult trails {Central, Laurel, Cabin, etc.} at the bottom of the mountain. However, if you hike and hike your bike 2-3 miles to the top on Ziler Loop you will be either rewarded or tortured with very difficult downhill singletrack. The downhill is extremely rocky, intricate, and steep. If you are willing to walk up to challenge yourself and your bike, you will be able experience complicated shale covered descents littered with switchbacks and thorny rock sections. It was worth doing it once this season and maybe once each season, but the climb to the top almost makes it not worth the descent. {I am referring to ziler loop up and then the zig zag ziler trail on the map down} There are other trails that I did not get to explore, which seem less challenging but still very rocky and beautiful.

First added by TrailAPI on Apr 17, 2013. Last updated Sep 26, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Winchester take Route 522 into West Virginia. About 4 to 5 miles into West Virginia you will see Cacapon State Park entrance on your left. Trail head at many locations but the entrance are Batt Picnic Area is good. I recommend stopping and picking up a road and trail map from the park or get one online before you go.
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  • philrohrer

    First time out, didn't disappoint. I did the looong gravel climb to the top, rode across the ridge, and took the steep rocky Ziler North descent. Definitely challenging, but worth it. Next time I'll hit some of the newer trails on the bottom half, still rocky but with more flow and features. They're designed and built with MTBs in mind, vs. the old trails which started as hiking trails.

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  • Daniel_Sheets   ✓ supporter

    More than 3 miles trails now.I would guess at least 14 from what I rode.Trails will be a lot better as they get ridden more.A lot of rocky areas on some trail and some are more flow.Overall I would give it a 3-1/2.As tis is a new trail it will get better and could become a destination trail.One drawback is that the state park has no camping,just lodges and cabins.There is no parking fee.

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  • varider

    If you like Elizabeth Furnace and the Fort Valley trails and are looking for something new to ride, Cacapon serves up the same rocky challenges on a smaller patch of land. Admission is free and the trails are lightly used. Take a look at the last picture in the photo gallery to see what you are about to get yourself into.

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  • dlnelson15

    Read the reviews/description of this trail and heed the warnings. These trails are "Hiking Trails" with lots of rocks many of which are loose. Rode the Ziler Loop, Central Trail, and Laurel Trails. These trails gave me one heck of a cardio workout of which several areas required me to hike my bike through because they were either too steep, too marshy with rocks or just not rideable. The down hills had many loose rocks. This park has a lot of other activities to offer such as swimming, hiking, and horseback riding. Oh, and did I mention the trails had lots of rocks. Let's just say my full suspension bike got as much of a workout as I did during the 5 miles ridden.

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  • TheWVPedaler

    I like this trail...I ride it whenever I am out that way for any reason which is less then before. The trails are well established, a lot of hikers.

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