September 25, 2008
Just did an awesome 15 person group ride in the North Sods on Sept. 20th, 2008. What a great time we all had. Note, we had ridden through the area in a clockwise direction serveral weeks ago, sparking my adding this trail to the list. However, we rode nearly the same ride counter clockwise and wow, what a difference. It was a much better ride IMHO. Suggested ride, is park at the top of the mountain on Freeland Rd., follow the old road to the first Trailhead sign and go straight (kinda left) onto Rocky Ridge Trail take a right on Harman Trail and ride down it to Blackbird Knob Trail. Go left on Blackbird knob trail. When you walk across the unrideable stream crossing on that trail, do not turn left or right, the trail go straight up through a very rocky section of trail in a tunnel like pine thicket. Keep riding till you come to Upper Red Creek Trail (#509) and go left on it. When it ends on Dobbin Grade Trail, go right for about 500 feet and then turn up the hill on Raven Ridge Trail and take your time on the long easy climb, looking back often for the view. You will stay left at the intersection of Bear Rocks Trail and ride past the next trail on your left at the top of the mountain. Follow Raven Ridge till you reach the end at Rocky Ridge Trail and go left on Rocky Ridge. Enjoy the scenery on this awesome trail, as well as some very technical rock gardens and a couple hike a bike spots. This is in my opinion the most awesome trail in that area. Enjoy your ride back to where you started. You will pass Harman Trail and return to your vehicle the same way. This loop is just short of 15 miles but will feel like 25 or more.
Again, ride it while you can, we may loose this to biking very soon, it only has to be signed by the Senate. It will be a sad day when we can no longer ride our bikes in this awesome place.
Any and all trails around Davis WV are spectacular. Anything from easier singletrack at CVI properties to some of the toughest rock and root gardens the mountains can throw at you. Stop in a Blackwater Bikes for good trail info and to pick up a few forg