HIKING & BIKING TRAILS
West Virginia has been rated as one of the top five mountain biking destinations in the United States by Mountain Biking magazine. You can explore the banks of Summersville Lake on it's network of trails, ride through the Monongahela National Forest, or try the new Cranberry/Tri-Rivers Rail Trail in Richwood. Many outfitters offer guided tours that range from beginning riders to more advanced terrain.
Hiking & Biking Trails
This trail is located just South of Summersville with easy access from Rt. 19. The trail leads through a forest of hardwoods where there are many opportunities to see wild turkey, deer and beautiful rhododendrons. The trail ends at a tall cliff overlooking Summersville Lake. This view is one of the most breathtaking any time of the year. The trail is moderate and approximately 1.96 miles.
Located just south of Summersville and easily accessible from Rt. 19, Salmon Run is well maintained and passes through fields and forest areas. Along the way you'll find a rock wall, wooden bridge and an old cemetery plus several old homesteads. The trail is approximately 2.15 miles and ends at beautiful Summersville Lake.
With three miles of trail under a canopy of mature trees, this trail is an easy walk with picnic facilities at the Jones Hole area. Muddlety Creek runs along the trail. Bridges make water crossing very easy adn there are numerous opportunities to see wildlife and beautiful wild orchids. Several historic sites are found along the trail including Starbuck Textile Mill and Campbell Power Plant. The entrance to this trail is on Scenic Rt. 39 just off Rt. 19.
This trail is located just southwest of Summersville with access from Rt. 19. It runs approximately 3.18 miles along the water and through a wooded area near Battle Run Campground. There are many scenic spots for a picnic along the way.
Carnifex Ferry Trails
Old Carnifex Ferry Road Trail - This trail is approximately .18 miles and traces the Confederate line of retreat during the Civil War. Hikers can continue on a trail into the Gauley River National Recreational Area for an additional 1.7 miles.
Pierson Hollow Trail -This is a short trail that heads a little deeper into the forest area. Tehre are many rock formations along this .43 mile trail. The area along the trail isknown for a "friendly fire" incident among the units of the Union army during the Civil War.
Patterson Trail - This trail is approximately 2 miles and loops around Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Visitors can enjoy views of the Gauley River and more Civil War history.