Off roading near Beckley, WV?

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  1. guitrials

    guitrials Adventurer

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    My brother and I want to go riding together, but he's near Charleston, SC and I'm north of Detroit. As near as I can figure, the half-way point would be somewhere between Beckley and Charleston, WV.

    We both have trials bikes and MX/enduro bikes (him KXF450, me 2T wr250)

    Just looking for someplace to goof around without getting in trouble.:p3rry
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  2. wvdirtbiker

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    There are trails everywhere in Southern WV and most of them are open.

    Just south of Beckley is Burning Rock which sells permits to ride. Their trails are graded from easy to difficult.

    SW of Beckley about 30 minutes is part of the Hatfield-McCoy trail system which also sells permits to ride. I think they have at least five trailheads now with over 500 miles of trails.

    You can find more info on both these trail systems on their websites.

    Wish I had a true dirt bike, I could show you plenty of trails in the area.

    Have a good ride.
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  3. Gabby

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  4. guitrials

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    Thanks! Any others?
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  5. wvdirtbiker

    wvdirtbiker MILES2GO

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    There is a good days riding just a few miles west of Fayetteville, WV on Cotton Hill Mountain. All open trails there and since it is bordered by the New and Kanawha Rivers, you can't get lost. I can show you where to park and point you to the trails when you get to the area.

    The small towns around the Hatfield-McCoy trail system are very bike friendly. You can ride off road bikes and ATV's into town for gas, food and lodging.

    Thanks to Gabby for the links. I have trouble copying links from the address bar on my iPad.

    What is your time frame for being in the area?
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  6. guitrials

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    We're not sure, but Labor Day weekend at the latest.
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  7. JoelH.

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    I have a DRZ400 and am planning a climbing/riding trip to the New a week from now.
    I would like to find that Cotton Hill Mountain area you mention. Can you give some directions from Fayetteville to the parking area?
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  8. WVhillbilly

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    There is a large number of trails at Hatfield McCoy alone.
    More than enough to keep you entertained for a long weekend.
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  9. wvdirtbiker

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    From Rt-19 at Fayetteville, take Rt-16 north about 5 or 6 miles to CR13 on the left. There is a wide dirt parking area beside the turn off. Be careful turning left off Rt-16 as the turnoff is in a blind turn.
    It might be best to go past the turnoff about a mile and turn around at the Cotton Hill bridge.

    About 1/4 mile up CR13, bear right at the fork. The road turns to gravel at that point and there is good riding at any of the side roads/trails from there on.
    I should be available Wednesday if you are going to be in the area then.
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  10. Gabby

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    I was up in that area about a year ago. I came across the green bridge at Kanawha Falls ad took a left. I couldn't believe how blown out the road was from the floods. I just rode through and came out at Beckwith. I've wandered around up in that area before. There are tons of trails there
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  11. trikepilot

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    I live maybe 3-5 mins from Cotton Hill and have been riding it for nearly a decade. I am still finding new stuff to explore. Most everything up there - other than the abandoned CR13 - are gas well access roads and therefore are 2track roads. It is always very wet with huge man-eating puddles of stunning size - even in dry times so be prepared.
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