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Level: Beginner
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +278/ -85 ft
Total: 33 riders

Mountain Biking River Trail

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#27 of 109 mountain bike trails in West Virginia
#3,184 in the world

The trail is almost all singletrack with just a few small rock gardens that may offer a challenge. It follows the river very closely in spots. Be careful, you might fall into the river! Most of it is rolling and flat terrain with an uphill section depending on which way you ride it.

First added by guitardeek on Apr 12, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 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
Travel to Barboursville Park and follow the paved road until you see the lake. From the parking lot go through or around the gate that leads onto the fine-gravel lake path. This path isn't made for bikers, so stay off to the side. Follow it to the corner of the lake away from the parking lot and bear left and downward onto a small dirt road. Immediately after turning left watch for the River Trail on your right. It's singletrack pretty much the rest of the way. I found a map online at http://www.bikebfat.com/bville.greenways.JPG Check it out.
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  • Tracy Toler

    I have not had a chance to ride all the trails but we did put in about 12 miles and I would definitely not call it intermediate. Riding was mix of single and double track and very fast. Few semi technical sections on the hills were nice.

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  • Nidciv

    Its a fun trail great for starting out on. If you go to the the top of the park you can take a back trail that will put you half way through it again

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  • Travis Stephens

    It is very well kept up. The trail itself is 3 miles, not 6.2. With that being said, when you get to the end you will want to turn around because the way back to the park is not bike-friendly.

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  • *

    Just terrible! Overgrown horse path with zero maintenance... I'll go as far as saying almost dangerousness in some areas where trail has washed away and you cannot see ravines big enough to swallow you. Huge areas that will not drain.. Overgrown... Hardly ridden. Big mistake coming here. Trails are not marked and just not fun.

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  • gentryd1111

    The River Trail is great for beginners and great for me when I first got started riding MTB. It offered enough of a challenge to get me hooked on mountain biking. The trail is an out and back and you have to look out for other riders and hikers. There are no serious climbs but if you are not used to climbing or riding then the River Trail gives you what you need. The rock gardens are not too difficult and the trails along the river can be fast and flowing....you just have to watch out about getting to close or you will go for a swim. I really enjoy this trail and always look forward to introducing my friends to biking with this trail.

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  • WestVirginiaMTBR

    Although not technically challenging for the most part, Barboursville River Trail is one of my favorite rides. Many parts of the trail allow you to pick up speed and corner aggressively while the terrain flows very nicely concerning elevation. It is easily accessible though not overly crowded. The only drawback would be the ease at which you can find yourself in the river in a couple of narrow spots where the trail is literally right on the bank. For the most part this is not the case though. Overall, a great trail for any level rider.

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