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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 16 riders

Mountain Biking Dobbin House Trail

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#31 of 109 mountain bike trails in West Virginia
#3,546 in the world

Leave Pendleton Lake parking, down the double track and cross the wooden bridge onto the singletrack. Note, this is a very rocky and rooty trail. I recommend the clockwise loop after taking in the overlook. Once across the wooden bridge, keep riding staight through. Some technical spots along the way. When you cross the next bridge note the trail on your right up a short steep climb. You will come back to this. Ride about 100 to 200 feet farther down the trail. Watch carefully for a trail that goes to your left. This will be the overlook. I recommend checking it out before returning to the trail noted after crossing the last bridge.
Go back to that trail after enjoying the view, go up the short climb and ride through some beautiful woods. You will make another short very steep climb into an old stripmine area. Go right at this point and just follow the only obvious path. When you come off a short downhill to another old grassy road, go left past a small pond. Follow this trail for about 1/4 mile and watch carefully as you start down a hill. You can fly right past the trail on your right. Watch for the Blue blaze. Take the right off the old logging road and follow that singletrack. You will come to a large field with a highwall in it. The trail will take a 90 degree right turn there and paralell the field. You will come to a very, very, steep technical downhill section. Be extremely carefull if you try to ride down this. The trail then becomes very rooty and will test your arm strength from hanging onto the bars. When you come to a steep drop on your left you are nearing the end. The trail will vier right and then loop around to the left and meet the trail where you came into it. Take a left at that point and ride back across the wooden bridge. Don't forget to stop at Blackwater Bikes for maps and descriptions of many, many more trails in the area. Especially the CVI trails and the Plantation / Canaan loop area.

First added by Outdoornut on Mar 13, 2009. Last updated May 6, 2020. → 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 Davis, WV enter Blackwater Falls State Park. At the 4 way stop, go right, past the campground and take the next road on your right (Pendleton Lake parking). Note the gate on your left just before the parking lot. This is the road you'll want to ride down.
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  • Davez69gto

    I was diapointed by this trail. I went to the local biks shop, mentioned that I'm an experienced mountain biker and they sold me a map telling me to go here. Almost the whole thing was roots and rocks. There was very little up hill and down hill and what it did have was relatively uninteresting. I spent a good two hours here, following the innter trails to get more time out of the loops but in the end I found nothing worth going back to. It is worth a single ride but never again.

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  • rsb201

    This trail is located in black water state park. The fist section of this trail is super rooty. It's a blast, pretty slow and technical. This trail makes a nice loop that will bring you back towards the lake. If your camping in the park, you can access this trail through the campground.

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  • Susanita

    Must love roots to ride this trail. Not just garden variety roots but huge roots. Because of the roots it tends to be a slow ride.

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  • Outdoornut

    There a bit more than just the usual Dobbin House loop in here. Be sure to check with Blackwater Bikes and get a map. There's a couple other trails in here that make for a super fun loop around by Pendleton Point without doing an out and back.

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  • repoman

    I just rode this trail this morning - 8/28/09. ODN's trail description is spot on. I clocked the complete loop - minus the overlook detour - at 3.7 miles. Still these are some tough miles with a lot of rocks and roots and many short steep ups and downs. I was surprise at the work out I got in just over 30 minutes of riding. Dobbins is a great intro to Canaan Valley trails. If you like Dobbins, chances are you will love most of the Canaan Mountain stuff ODN and oldnoob have posted about here. If you don't like it - try the CVI trails near Davis or there is a relatively mellow loop through Canaan Valley State Park about 10 miles to the south.

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