June 20, 2010
I read about this trail in the book "Mtn biking in West Virginia." I rode down plantation trail to Lindy Run and took a left, and out to Canaan Loop road and up to Davis Trail (marked as tr 701) and took a left, and then back to plantation, and took a right and back up to the car. The author described it as one of the most technical trails in the state, and that it would hammer you, and about 12.6 miles, which took me 2.5 hrs. I was whipped at the end. It was probably the most consistently technical trail I have ever ridden. Rocks, roots, and mud were everywhere. The rock gardens were very challenging, but very fun if you enjoy slow speed rock crawling trials-esque riding.
I am a recent transplant from SC, and thus have only ridden Cooper's rock, Big Bear Campground, and some Slaty Fork. But I will definitely come back, especially now that I got a map from Blackwater Bikes. Also while in the area, I would check out Mountain State Brewing Company in Thomas, WV on 32. They have 3 dollar pints of good beer. We also had pizza at Sirriana's in downtown Davis which was great for a post ride gorge.
I would recommend other trails in the area, that can be found on this website, or on a map sold at Blackwater Bikes in Davis. I also road the Middle Ridge trail Loop clockwise at Canaan Valley resort and it was a fun fast 3 miles or so of singletrack.