Kanawha State Forest Trails

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4.73 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

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↑ 3,500 ft
↓ 3,500 ft
733
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
I don't know that I have a favorite ride. However, I dearly love Ballard Trail. Tough, lots of rocks, roots, hanging off your back wheel, etc. Mossy Rock is often used to climb as is the double track Hoffman Hollow. Most others are better ridden down. You can ride up Middle Ridge Rd., hit Middle Ridge Trail and access the trail you want to ride down, then loop back around, up Middle Ridge Rd. again and down another.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: NOT REALLY A QUESTION BUT HOW DOES THIS GET A BLACK DIAMOND RATING? ITS AN INTERMEDIATE TRAIL SYSTEM AT BEST. -Jeff Barber

A: Difficulty ratings are based on user reviews of the trail. Singletracks averages the difficulty of all the reviews to come up with an overall rating.

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Gramcounter


June 19, 2017
 
Review: The trail system at KSF has continued to grow with at least 20 miles of trail and 1000ft of Elevation. Trails for all skill levels including technical rock sections and drops and difficult downhills.

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Bunny Hop

December 14, 2015
WV_Mtn_Lvr Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Pure, unadulterated, West Virginia- Appalachian hillside mountain biking. Whether you want to burn calories circling the park on fire road/dual track, are seeking the flow (check out Middle Ridge trail!), or want to challenge gravity head on (Black Bear); you can't get any better riding for the area. Sure it's rocky, rooty as all get out, and at times muddy; but again it's an Appalachian forest. Don't be scared of it, just ride it. If you're in the area do not pass up this gem.

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Gramcounter

September 27, 2015
wvvelo Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode Polly,Beech Glen,and of course took Wildcat Ridge trail off the ridge....as the other two are a one way climb. Trails were open,with the exception of a tree across Beech Glen trail, and the WV roots and rocks that always kicks the level of riding up......especially wet and muddy !

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Granny Gear

July 15, 2013
flygirl Granny Gear  
 
Review: It was a nice place but u really have to go to the top of the fire trail (about 3miles uphill) before u can enjoy the single track trails. Other then that, it a great workout

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April 5, 2013
Guest   
 
Review: 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!

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Granny Gear

March 15, 2013
PerCool Granny Gear  
 
Review: I have ridden all over the East Coast and this is not an intermediate trail, it's certainly more advanced. It is fast, technical, and extremely fun. The climbs will wear you out, and the down hills will have you squeezing your grips until your knuckles are white. I highly recommend these trails to anyone who loves to haul ass and yet be challenged technically.

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Granny Gear

December 14, 2015
WV_Mtn_Lvr Granny Gear  
 
Review: "I have ridden all over the East Coast and this is not an intermediate trail, it's certainly more advanced. " Sorry man but this is where locals cut their teeth in the sport. I'm learning now that I moved away to VA that it is considerably more advanced than what's here. But, man KSF is pure unadulterated WV hillside and ridge riding. Short of going to east coast well groomed nearly level city parks, you're not going to find much easier. This is just simply West by God Single track. Love it, and eat it up.

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Granny Gear

December 25, 2011
rumroller Granny Gear  
 
Review: A great mix for all riders but mostly tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. I love almost every trail for different reasons. Camp grounds on sight for out of towners to make a full day of it. Also a public pool is inside the park for cooling off. Overall a great setup!!

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Granny Gear

September 17, 2009
 
Review: There are several hours of trails to ride here. Most of the ones I rode were very good. Tere are seveeral dificulties for everyone.

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Bunny Hop

March 13, 2008
 
Review: Although I haven't ridden much of the network, what I have ridden was very challenging/rewarding. KSF is not for beginners.

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Bunny Hop

February 22, 2016
 
Review: THIS IS ONE OF THE PLACES I LEARNED TO RIDE AS A YOUNG TEEN. ITS A GREAT PLACE FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED RIDERS. IT DESERVES AN INTERMEDIATE RATING AT BEST. WELCOME TO WILD AND WONDERFUL WEST BY GOD VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN BIKING LOL

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Kanawha State Forest Trails MTB Trail 4.73 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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