ELKINS AREA BIKE TRAILS
The trails described below - with the exception of the final one, Elkins to Beverly, can all be accessed from the Allegheny Highlands Trail:
Elkins to Beverly
Bike Trails Map
Allegheny Highlands Trail (AHT)
The AHT follows the original route of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway built by Henry Gassaway Davis in 1884. For 24.5 miles, this exceptionally scenic trail provides panoramic views of the West Virginia countryside as it passes through small towns and rural farmland.
From the Highland Park Trailhead in Elkins (Randolph County), the AHT gradually ascends for approximately 15 miles. Paved for the first 3 miles, the trail’s rural vistas and mountainous background provide numerous opportunities for photos. The trail starts to descend as it crosses into Tucker County and continues downhill through beautiful forest for approximately 3 miles. It then follows the paved Moore Station Rd. for about 1 mile, returning to paved railroad grade at Porterwood and continuing to the small town of Parsons.
Parsons offers the chance to grab a bite to eat at any of the several small-town restaurants. In the middle of town, the AHT crosses the Shavers Fork River on US 219 and takes an immediate right at the end of the bridge, then left to follow city streets for just over one block. At barricades, it descends to the city’s Mill Race Park, where a ramp leads to the Black Fork Bridge on US 219. A separate bicycle-pedestrian lane takes the trail across the Black Fork River to the Bretz Trailhead at the US Forest Service Nursery Bottom.
The remaining 3 mile section is paved and follows the beautiful Black Fork River to the small town of Hendricks. The railroad grade continues along the beautifully scenic Blackwater River to the town of Thomas; however, this section is quite steep and is not maintained for recreational use.
South Haddix Trail Loop Mountain Bike Ride (TR126)
South Haddix Trail is an 8 mile singletrack trail between Cherry Fork Rd. in Randolph County and Haddix Rd. in Tucker County. Park at the AHT trailhead in Montrose. Travel south for .75 miles until you reach the first paved road, Wilmoth Run and turn left. Cross US 219 to Cherry Fork Rd. Travel approximately 1.75 miles, the trail head for South Haddix Trail is on the left. The trail is blue blazed for the entirety. The trail consists of several steep saddlebacks and some very nice bench cuts. The final downhill is a beautiful rhododendron-covered shoot. The northern end of the South Haddix Trail exits on Haddix Rd. Follow Haddix Rd. back to the AHT. Turn left on the AHT and ride up Pheasant Mountain and drop into Montrose.
Distance: 20 miles
Shingletree/Clover Trail Mountain Bike Ride (TR121-TR120-TR124)
The best place to start this ride is from the Porterwood Trailhead of the AHT north of Parsons. Head south on the AHT for 1 mile. Shingletree trailhead is on the opposite side of US 219. The trail climbs steeply at first and then levels off on a wonderful bench cut. At approximately 3 miles, the trail crosses a clearing at the end of Forest Service Rd. 933. The trail continues directly across the clearing; look for the blue blazes. Shingletree Trail at this point is on what is left of the railbed from an old narrow gauge rail line. At some points the old railroad ties can still be felt under the soil. At 3.5 miles the trail intersects FS 933 once again. Continue right on FS 933 for roughly 100 feet. The trail continues to your right, look for blue blazes. At mile 4, you reach the intersection of Shingletree and Clover Trail. Take Clover trail on the left until it intersects Clover Run Rd.. Turn right. Shingletree Trail exits right 1 mile down the road. Shingletree Trail climbs steeply for 1 mile back to the intersection with Clover Trail. At this point continue down Shingletree back to you chosen starting point.
Distance: 14 miles.
Harpertown Rd. to Cheat Bridge
Take Sycamore St. past Forest Service Building where it turns into Harpertown Rd. Stay on County Rt. 9 to Craven's Run Rd. This route starts with rolling hills, but at 2.8 miles becomes a steady climb up to Turkey Bone Ridge. At Turkey Bone Ridge, take a left at bus stop shelter and proceed downhill. At mile 5.6, the road changes to dirt/gravel. The road soon drops into the river valley and on to Cheat Bridge over the Shaver's Fork.
Distance: 6.7 miles to Bridge
Access: Sycamore Street
This route starts the same as ``Harpertown Rd./Cheat Bridge'', however, when you get to the bridge, cross it, turn left and follow the road along the river about .5 miles. At mile 7.2, take a hard right on to County Rt. 6. Follow along the river and pass the Stuart Recreation Area sign. Turn right on Old Rt. 33, cross the river by the Cheat River Inn and go uphill to US 33 intersection. Turn right and follow US 33 to US 219 intersection (Kroger in Elkins).
Distance: 20.2 miles
Access: Sycamore St./Harpertown Rd.
Start at the Highland Park terminus on the AHT. Proceed northeast towards Parsons. At approximately one mile turn off of the AHT on to the Gilman road (CR #1) and go right. Take Gilman Road until you reach the community of Harpertown. Turn left on to Cravens Run Road. Stay on Cravens Run Road until you come to a three way intersection. Take the center road downhill until you reach the Shavers Fork River and the concrete bridge. DO NOT cross the bridge. Turn left prior to the bridge and begin the steep 1 mile climb to the top of Bells Mountain. Once at the top be careful descending the back side as it is rutted and strewn with large rocks. The road eventually turns back to pavement as it passes a few farms and residences. At the intersection with US 219 go left and ride .75 miles to Gilman. Turn left on the AHT in Gilman and return to your starting point.
Access: Highland Park Trailhead
Leading Creek– Kerens Loop
Start at the Highland Park terminus on the AHT. Proceed northeast towards Parsons. At Gilman, turn left on US 219. Take next right on to Leading Creek Road. Continue on Leading Creek Road until it intersects Hartman Lane. Take a left on to Hartman Lane. Stay on Hartman Lane until you reach the next road going right, Israel Church Road. Stay on Israel Church Road until it intersects US 219. Cross US 219 on to Pleasant Mountain Road. Take the first right onto CR 3-4, which is a short gravel road. Take a right at the end of CR 3-4 on to Clifton Run Road. When you reach the T intersection with US 33, take a right. Cross US 219 and then turn left on to AHT. At this point follow the AHT back to the starting point.
Access: Highland Park Trailhead
Elkins to Beverly
In downtown Elkins, go West on Wilson St., go uphill and turn left at stop sign onto Robert E. Lee St. Proceed past the Middle School, National Guard Armory, and cross the flood control dam. At mile 1.6, turn right on to Georgetown Rd. At mile 8.7, you will need to turn left to stay on Georgetown Rd. and then ride .5 mile to the town of Beverly.
Distance: 9.1 miles to Beverly
Access: Wilson St./Robert E. Lee St./ Georgetown Rd. (Rd. #21)