Little Beaver State Park and Glade Springs - Trail, Beckley, Virginia

Little Beaver State Park and Glade Springs - Trail, Beckley, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

L. Beaver offers primarily loamy singletrack with hideous technical sections along certain trails (you'll KNOW when you are on one of these trails). There are also some double track trails in the Glade Springs area but all the trails in the state park are singletrack. Little Beaver is pretty small in and of itself but Glade Springs is huge and has a well developed and, might I add, virtually unused trail system that is open to mountainbikes (some singletrack and doubletrack). This place is the best place I've found to ride in West Virginia period, and that's coming from someone who has spent the past seven years exploring Colorado and Utah. I'm a little biased and cannot give the five star rating to Little Beaver having ridden perfection in Crested Butte and Salida. It's just different. It's definitly worth going to Beaver so take a day or two and go explore.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 20, 2012]
Jason
Cross Country Rider

Great trails. A nice variety of very technical, technical, and knda technical, somewhat flowy stuff. I don't get to ride trails like this often, as I have been riding in the Piedmont of NC for the past 4 years (previously from NEPA). My parents bought a place in Glade Springs a few years ago and I just recently learned of these trails. I had an excellent experience. I went late morning on a beautiful Saturday in August. In 2 hours of riding, I didn't see another rider. I had the whole park to myself. I am thinking this is a hidden gem. I'm looking forward to coming back and exploring more of the trails. I think I only rode about half of them.

Customer Service

I parked in the main parking lot and then hit a trail towards the bottom of the lot on the left (traveling downhill). It takes you to the top if you follow it all the way and you can access a few trails from there. I just hit trails at random and referenced the park map to find my way back.

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Never rode anything else in the area. Any recommendations would be great.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 16, 2010]
mtbbc
Weekend Warrior

Likes:Trail variety,good flow ,very little climbing for our area,well marked,rock gardens,in a State Park,restrooms & maps at main entrance,did i mention th rocks ?
Dis Likes:Way too many trail names for apprx 19 miles of riding,checking th map every 1/2 mile for first timer stinks Hint:KISS:keep it simple silly !
Overall enjoyed the evening

Customer Service

Next trip i will go :
In at Railroad,Right on Larurel Creek (full circle)out other Railroad left on Weaver Way,then Deer Trail ,Nature Ridge,Hemlock,Little Beaver to Billys Goat Gruff and out or if need more back to lb,Black Bear ,Rhododendron Run,Easy Street bac out Nature Ridge to parking
SEE TOO MANY NAMES

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 18, 2010]
Tha Criddler
Weekend Warrior

Started out on "Railroad Grade" which was nothing but a rock bed and was strangely listed as an easy ride on the map that I had. It took me to a trail called "Weaver Way" and "Laurel Creek". I saw on my map that these 2 trails could be linked for a 4.1 mile trail. I rode these 2 trails and found them to be challenging. There were tons of tight trails and an insane amount of rocks and roots. Fair amount of climbing and very little flow. It was at least 50% technical stuff. Any time you found some flow it would be followed by a creek crossing or and insane rock garden. I walked the bike a little more than I would want to. These 2 trails were listed as "Moderate". Crazy cause by the parks scale these trails would be 2nd from easiest. I couldn't imagine "Billy Goats Gruff" if it's listed as 3x harder. I started to explore another trail the I believed to be another section of the "Railroad Grade" Trail and ended up turning around after a half a mile due to massive number of rocks. There is only so much technical rock work I'm willing to do in a day. There needs to be more flow. Like one rider from VA said in there review, there is tons of raw material, so why just have every trail filled rocks and roots. I need to explore more. Hopefully they can do a little more trail marking in the near future cause I felt like I was lost a couple times.

Here are some pictures. I didn't get any of the gnarly rock sections cause I was either pushing or trying not to slam.
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Customer Service

Park beside the restrooms. Go back the way you came and go up the little dirt road beside the restrooms. This will take you to the "Railroad Grade" head which will take you to trails I was on plus a harder one. Go away from the restrooms to find the rest of the trails.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 06, 2006]
Big Al
Cross Country Rider

I was expecting more of an aerobic challenge. As Marlboro mentioned a rating of 4. I found the trail relatively flat for a WVA trail.Many parts of these trails are too close to stream beds. They should be directed up hill from streams, both wet and dry. I did enjoy the technical rock gardens but enough is enough, the addition of more up and down slopes away from the rocks would make for a better ride. I ride in Central and Eastern VA and our volunteer network would kill for some of the raw material you have to work with. All in all I did enjoy the ride and hope to return at a later date.

Customer Service

Still trying to figure it out.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 04, 2006]
Big Al
Cross Country Rider

These trails are standard for many in West Va. Lots of rocks with much of the trail formed by stream beds and hiking trails. I did find the trails well marked by flagging tape but the aerobic rating of 4 was not even close. I live in Tidewater Va. and ride throughout Virginia. I expected a greater change in elevation. I did find the trail very technical, but some many rock gardens became boring after a while. I would recommend a better use of all that real estate for more climbs and downhill. Get away from the hiking trails! Its not like I didn't enjoy my ride I hope to return. I have friends who live in Lewisburg. Thanks to the volunteers who mark and maintain the trails. The State Park facilities also were well maintained.

Customer Service

Still trying to figure it out.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 25, 2006]
Marlboro
Cross Country Rider

Little beaver now has over 20 miles of trails within it boundaries. Aside from the popular Rhododendron Run, Creekbed, Beaver Creek, and others, several new trails have been made recently and are quite nice.

Little Beaver is a GREAT place to ride, whether beginner or expert -- you'll find something you like. No matter what your skill level is - I'm sure you can find something that WILL challenge you to the max.

I selected 4 for aerobic and technical for these trails - but you in places it can be a 5 or more. For example, Deer Run is a nice single track with tight turns, fairly flat - but Billy Goats Gruff is an extreme technical section that is only recommended for expert class riders or ones with a deathwish (aint that bad - but you get the idea).

Customer Service

Park at the 2nd parking area. Ride back out to the paved road (that you just came in on) and hang a RIGHT to head up the gravel road. At the first right hand curve in the gravel road, you'll see a pile of gravel on the left(used for maintenance). Just past the gravel pile, you'll see an orange ribbon hanging off a bush -- thats the trail entrance to the newest trail. About 1 mile long to the next interesection - its a great warmup for whats next.

At the interesection, stay left (5 trails meet in this general area) and cross the creek (usually dry unless its rained hard recently - but still ridable) - either shoot straight up the hill or take the 2nd left after you cross the creek. Both of these will meet up later.

Once done, you will have riden about 3 miles total. Of course, at the end of these are even more trails to pick and choose from.

Best bet would be to meet up with the group rides on Tuesday evenings (we meet at 5:30-6:00pm) - and some MTB'ers are there on Thursday evenings too.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 08, 2006]
finchfocker222
Racer

THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ADDITIONS TO TO TRAILS AT LITTLE BEAVER AFTER GLADE BUILT ITS NEW COURSES. GARY MOOREFIELD HAS BULIT LOTS OF NEW TRAILS. LINKING THE TRAILS IS A GOOD WAY TO MAKE YOUR RIDING FUN A LOT LONGER. IF YOU HAVE NEVER RODE AT LTB YOUR MISSING OUT ON ALOT OF THE BEST SINGLE TRACK OF WV. THESE TRAILS WILL TAKE THERE TOLL ON YOU AND YOUR BIKE. FULL SUSPENSION IS RECOMENDED BUT NOT ALWAYS USED! FOR GROUP RIDES CONTACT ROB AT RIDE N SLIDE SPORTS, IN BECKLEY WV 304-253-5202. GROUP RIDES ARE TUESDAY AT 5:30pm AT LTB.


Customer Service

ALL THE TRAILS SHOULD BE RIDDIN AT LEAST ONCE! TRY TO PLAN TO RIDE WITH THE GROUP RIDES, IT WILL GIVE YOU AN UNINTERUPTED TOUR OF THE TRAILS. NEW SIGNS AND TRAIL MAP ARE UNDER WAY WITH THE HELP OF GARY AND ROB.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 10, 1999]
Scott Greene

great singletrack

Customer Service

Just ride.........trails all over

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 15, 2000]
Kyle

This place has some real nice trails. Could not start to tell you where to ride. Tons of trails. Took one that brought me around the lake. Another follows Beaver Creek and takes up to the ridge and back down. Some of the local guys told me they had over 30 miles of trails going far back into the woods. I rode about 10-12 miles of trail. Many places to turn so I have no idea where I could have gone. I rode on a Sat and came back on Sunday for more. Did see anyone on the trails. Just talked to a few guys in the parking lot.

Customer Service

Exit 129 off I-64. Follow the signs to Little Beaver.
Turn into the park, go past the park office to the next parking lot. It is better here. If you can, get a trail map at the park office. They were closed when I visited.

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I wish somone would list more trails in this area. I know more must be around.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 19, 2000]
John Weber

From the first parkinglot as you go in take the path counterclockwise around the lake there and enter into trail on R at Little beaver creek trail. At this point you are only limited by your imagination. About any tril you take leads to another and it is no problem to do around 20 mi without crossing the same path twice. About any serious rider could ride the trails there but many will hike some of the short steep climbs. The single track will make the advanced riders want to race their friends. Fun ride for all levels but should have some good experience it is not for beginner riders.

Customer Service

Take I 64 to exit 129 go south two miles to park entrance.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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