April 5, 2013
I love all of the trails at KSF. Living in Charleston, it's only about a 15 minute drive down from the house. My favorite DH is Pine ridge to Dunlop trail ending at the old ball field in Dunlop Hollow. (Ride up Pigeon's Roost and make a right on the service road to access). Number 2 on the list is Black Bear Mtb Trail. Best to ride up the NEW paved road to the FAA towers parking lot and head out the right hand service road until you see the trail head on the left. Number 3 is Teaberry rock trail. I ride up middle ridge road which begins off the right side of the shooting range road about a 1/3 mile from the park entrance. After those 3 are down, I would hit up Ballard trail. To commute cross-park on middle ridge road, make sure you ride on middle ridge trail - probably about 6 miles of fun ups and downs to really haul some As$ accross the ridge-line. Coming in last on downhill would be Wildcat ridge. Davis creek is a nice trail for beginners with a minimal grade mirroring the elevation decrease seen with davis creek, as it parallels the creek from Copperhead rock to the park entrance for about 3 miles or so. One of my favorite place to ride in the entire state, with exception to Snowshoe and Slatyfork. Beginners should go Davis creek, then wildcat ridge for a downhill, then polecat if they are feeling confident. Then, take your pick and make sure your brakes are functioning properly!