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Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of West Virginia Mountain Biking. Since 1985, we have been perfecting our mountain biking program, making Elk River the oldest mountain bike center in the East. Our tours are carefully planned to maximize the beautiful mountain scenery in conjunction with the seasons. We invite you to come and experience hard-core single-track as well as gentle, rolling high country. Elk River has access to and knowledge about all the biking terrain in the National Forest near Snowshoe Mountain Resort you could want, supported by a concerned staff and warm hospitality.
Pocahontas County WV, named as one of Outside Magazine's best counties for the outdoors, is the birthplace of eight rivers and home to 302,000 acres of the Monogahela National Forest. Elk River offers immediate access to miles of excellent terrain and we consider ourselves the experts on West Virginia Outdoor Activities and West Virginia Mountain Biking. We offer a variety of mountain bike rentals.
Our trails begin at the center, traverse
the Gauley Divide and Sharp's Knob, and the
Highland Scenic Highway. The Highland Scenic
Highway offers access to many more trails in the
Cranberry Glades and Williams River area. The
Greenbrier River Trail, a 75 mile rail/trail
runs from Cass through
Marlinton and south to Caldwell, passes through
classic West Virginia beauty with plenty of Bed &
Breakfasts and camping along the way.
All of our West Virginia Mountain Biking trips
include comprehensive meals, lodging,
maps and guiding. We stay overnight at B&B's,
cabins and lodges. Most tours have vehicle
support throughout a large portion of each day,
enabling participants to take a break if
desired. Our guides are certified in first aid
and very knowledgeable about the terrain.
Slatyfork Singletrack Weekend Tour
Day One - Arrival
|2 nights / 2.5 days riding
|Groups of 2-4
|Groups of 5-8
|3 nights / 2.5 days riding
|Groups of 2-4
|Groups of 5-8
||$100 off prices
The Slatyfork Singletrack Weekend Tour is set up to begin on Friday, but can be customized. Call us with your preferred dates to check availability.
You should prepare to arrive at the Elk River Touring Center in the afternoon, anytime between 1-3 PM. The Center is located on an old sheep farm on the headwaters of the Elk River. Hosts Gil and Mary will show you to one of the ten B&B rooms. If renting a bike, you will be fitted at this time.
At 3 PM we meet the other guests and set off on some nearby loops to give you the feel for the singletrack of Slatyfork, for a total of 8 miles of riding. Then it's back to the Inn to clean up for dinner. The chef at Elk River Restaurant prepares a fantastic meal. After dinner, you may want to tinker with your bike or soak in our outdoor hot tub.
The ride will begin early, putting to practice the techniques learned the previous day, on the best singletrack in the area. After breakfast, we will ride (5.0 miles, 1500') or shuttle up to Tea Creek Trail. We will cycle across the ridge to the headwaters of the Gauley River before circling the top of Gauley Mountain and exploring some of the many old roads and trails that meander across its top. Lunch will be packed and carried so that you may snack all day at your leisure. You can either shuttle or do a complete loop back to the Center where we'll have a fine dinner and relax. After dinner, a tech session will illuminate the mysteries of bike maintenance and trail side repairs. (16-24 miles)
After breakfast, we will shuttle up to the Gauley Mountain trail head off West Virginia's Highland Scenic Highway. This trail traverses the ridge on an old railroad grade, lined with rhododendron and spruce trees. Descending back to Elk River will take us down forest service road 24 with an option for more technical singletrack at the base of the mountain. (10 miles) Then we'll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before departing about 1-2 PM. - Ride routes may vary due to weather, group ability, and trail conditions, etc.
Tent Camping Option
Enjoy camping under the stars along the banks of the Elk River. Let the sound of flowing waters lull you to sleep after a day of mountain biking. Package includes camping with hot shower facilities, meals, and guided rides.
Greenbrier Inn to Inn
A Self-Guided tour of the Greenbrier River
The Greenbrier River Trail is a 77 mile long
trail ranked by Backpacker Magazine &
Bicycling Magazine as one of the top ten rail
trails in the country. The original C & O
railroad passed through sawmills, bustling towns
and farming communities. Depots that now serve
bikers and tourists were once filled with
freight and passengers. Our Greenbrier River
Trail Tours are for beginner to intermediate
riders who enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery
and surroundings. The trail has lots of swimming
holes, sightseeing options and opportunities to
relax. The route has minimal climbing and
requires little technical skill. This trail is
very popular with families and groups.
Day One - Arrival
The tour begins when you arrive at the Elk
River Inn and Restaurant, situated on the
headwaters of the Elk River. Check in time is
between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Provisions will be made for
late arrivals. After you check in to one of our
charming B&B rooms you may take a stroll, short
ride, or if you choose to bring your fly rod, try your hand
at trout fishing in the Elk. Dinner is a three
course meal at our locally renowned restaurant.
After a hearty country breakfast, we will
shuttle you to the restored logging town of Cass
where you will begin your ride following the
river downstream through hamlets and farms of
bygone years. As you peddle, the scenic
community of Cloverlick is at the 9.5 mile mark.
At 16 miles. you pass through the 510ft
Sharp's Tunnel and a long trestle bridge where
you can wade in the river or swim to cool off.
Your final destination is Marlinton, the
Pocahontas County seat. When you arrive at your
B&B, relax in the hot tub or explore the
main street and find your way back for a
pleasant meal prepared by your hosts.
After another hearty breakfast, the group will be offered two ride options. The first is to be shuttled to Renick for the shorter day of 32.5 miles. The next is Anthony Creek for a distance of 41.0 miles. The southern section of the trail will take you through many fields and pastures with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Stop and have a picnic lunch. At the end of the day, your B&B hosts will pick up in Marlinton and shuttle you back to Elk River in Slatyfork, where you will enjoy another delicious meal prepared especially for you by your hosts.
Rise and shine for a wonderful country breakfast. Sleep in and start a little later if you like. Farewells are said and you're on your way home. We can make several suggestions of interesting stops or rides nearby to complete your adventure.
All lodging and meals except the last day's lunch are included. Shuttles are provided along with all maps. Special meals and diet restrictions can be planned if given enough lead notification. The Greenbrier Inn to Inn Tour is set up to begin on Sunday. Weekend trips set up to begin on Thursday can be arranged depending on availability of lodging. This tour can be customized for small groups. This tour offers optional add on activities such as the Cass Scenic Railroad train trip, scenic float trips, guided or unguided fly fishing tours, hiking and much more. Please email us with your interests.
Call us with your preferred dates to check availability.
To reserve a space on a tour, a deposit fee of
$200 is required at the time of reservation
with the balance due on arrival. Once your
reservation is confirmed, we will send a
confirmation packet with trip notes, directions,
a menu and an equipment list. If you need to
cancel, your deposit will be refunded less a $25
fee outside of 30 days. If you cancel inside of
30 days, your deposit is nonrefundable unless we
can resell your spot on the tour. If you have a
flexible schedule, give us a call to join one of
our unfilled trips at the last minute.
As the undisputed leading outfitter for West
Virginia Outdoor Activity, check out our
West Virginia Mountain
Biking trail maps.
Elk River Touring Center is an equal opportunity
provider and employer.
Elk River Touring Center is a partner with the
Monongahela National Forest.
If you would like more information, please call us at 304-572-3771 or 866-572-3771,
e-mail us, or use our
online request form.