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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,082/1 ft
Total: 54 riders
 

Mountain Biking Kanawha State Forest Trails

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#5 of 108 mountain bike trails in West Virginia
#329 in the world

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.

First added by Outdoornut on Feb 12, 2008. Last updated May 10, 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 I-64 in Charleston, take Exit 58A, go south on US 119 a little over a mile, go left on Oakwood Rd. (second stop light), follow the brown and white signs for Kanawha State Forest. Look online for the forest and print the pdf map from their site. Trail descriptions, etc. There is more than just technical challenge. Davis Creek Trail is a good one for the beginner with only one or two tough sections. Lots of climbing to get to most trails. Middle Ridge Rd. will give you access to many great trails like Ballard, Black Bear, Mossy Rock, Pigeon Roost, Polecat and Teaberry Rock trails. Other trails are accessed from the main road.
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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.
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  • medardlefevre
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    Good place to ride outside of Charleston, WV. May need to be shown around the first few rides.

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  • Tracy Toler
    *****

    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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  • GlenJCookIII
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    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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  • WV_Mtn_Lvr
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    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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  • WV_Mtn_Lvr
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    "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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  • wvvelo
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    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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  • ****

    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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  • rumroller
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    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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  • Griffin27WV
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    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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