Black Bear - TRAIL

Black Bear - Trail, Charleston, Virginia

Once turning off of the fire rd, Black bear has incredible single track, from winding, to rocky technical, to rocky, rooty downhill, 2 or 3 switchbacks, definitely for the advanced rider, or at least the brave intermediate!!! Definitely a local favorite

User Reviews (13)

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sshanerock   Racer [Nov 30, 2004]

black bear is great place for up coming wanna be downhillers. the climbs are definetly not for the weak hearted. the trails are nice and very well kept. lots of technical single track . i recomend riding in early fall . summer has a high humidty

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5
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5
PeterPanic   Downhiller [Jun 29, 2004]

Camped at Kanawha State Forest, and rode all over the park. Enjoyed Black Bear immensly. Black Bear is a fast technical descent. Drops in with a steep switch back and the berms around into a rock garden. The Falls was a fun re-route, with a root over-hang that drops you into a washout rooty steep trail that looks more difficult than it actually is. Let off the brakes and trust your line. Fun ripping trail! We rode it about 7 times in one day. Up / Down = repeat. Note: Watch out for break pump.

Customer Service

From the camp site take the boundry road up to Middle Ridge Road and head towards front of park. There will be a sign about a mile up.

Similar Products Used: Teaberry Rock Trail , Wildcat, Polecat, Ballard and of course the Expert DH (aka Trail of Death)
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5
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3
Dave   Weekend Warrior [Oct 20, 2003]

This is the freakin scariest thing on earth. Don't ride without full body armor and several years of experience

Customer Service

Anything to avoid

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2
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4
The Specialized Brothers   [Feb 20, 2000]

We've ridden in California, Nevada, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Trail! There is no trail! Its not that this trail is too technical. I mean, we've ridden just about every type of trail known, but this sucked ass. Black Bear is touted as being an awesome, technical single track. Its not. What remains of the trail is a few feet of single track leading off of the main fire road. After that, you're on your own picking your way through the forest. The trail is unmarked and overgrown. Trust us, don't waste your time on this so called trail.

Customer Service

See above

Similar Products Used: Anything else in the park is worth riding, especially compared to this sorry trail.
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1
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Brian   [Mar 17, 2000]

If you ever get a chance to ride this trail, you'll find that the folks from Cincinnati obviously don't have a clue. The riding in West Virginia has always been, and will always be, epic. Kanawha State Forest, where Black Bear exists, has NUMEROUS great routes to take. The Black Bear 40K is one of the best races in the country. If Cincinnatians get back to Black Bear, I recommend going to a local bike shop (Ridge Riders or the Charleston Bicycle Center), and getting a map or verbal directions. The Black Bear trail itself has been washed out a bit, but the rest of the Forest is truly incredible!

Customer Service

Up Middle Ridge, down Black Bear, up the back end of the park, then excellent downhill by the firing range.

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5
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ben   [Mar 17, 2000]

I echo Brians thoughts. What are the cincy people thinking. It is technical and very adrenaline driven

Customer Service

Its top to bottom

Similar Products Used: The whole forest
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5
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Dean   [Apr 26, 2000]

The place is great to ride.

Customer Service

Ride it all. Middle ridge is a nice beginner trail. From there you have many choices. A good training route is up Middle Ridge to Ballards trail, up Hoffman Hollow to middle ridge left at top of hollow go to other ridge then down pigeon roost. Make right on service road, climb to top,make left on middle ridge and go to teaberry trail. It's a good ride.

Similar Products Used: Hanging Rock in Ohio. ITS THE BEST!!!
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4
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Cincinatti Haters   [Jul 16, 2000]

I have ridden in West Virginia most of my life, and even more recently have conquered a good portion of the West (Moab Included, See Portal Trail review in Utah), and I can safely say that in its own way Black Bear stacks up with the best of them. You are surrounded by the lushest, most beautiful forest in the states. The riding environment is definitely in its class of its own, and the actual trail is quite easy to find and once you do, pretty technical. It consists of steep and rooted descents, challenging rock sections and a final flat section that turns unexpectedly into a steep, loose drop. This trail is easily rideable, but tests even the best riders skills nonetheless. South Hills Ski and Bike and Outdoor Extremes can help with directions, or just go to the ranger station in the Forest.

Customer Service

Up middle ridge, down Tea Berry; Up Mossy Rock, down Ballard; Up Hoffman, down Black Bear BABY! (Or you can just do Hoffman, but what's the fun in that?)

Similar Products Used: Mossy, Tea Berry, Pigeon Roost, Rocky Ridge, Hoffman are all good up or down, and Wildcat Ridge, Pine Ridge and the Death Drops are awesome downhills.
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5
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Todd   [Jan 05, 2001]

i built black bear
don't dog it
yo

Customer Service

i am from charleston

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5
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Steve   [Mar 06, 2001]

If you own a fully, and have money to burn onn hospitsl bills, then throw yoursellf off this mountain. Take a right half way down to avoid Spectator falls. Don't worry about uphill climbers, it's too steep and technical to go up. I wouldn't suggest clipping in, ifyou do, it might hurt.

Customer Service

Same as this dude

Similar Products Used: Polecat, Ballard, Teaberry.
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5
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