Wildcat Ridge - TRAIL

Wildcat Ridge - Trail, Charleston, Virginia

Narrow technical singletrack that follows a ridge system, then drops steep off the mountail near the campground

User Reviews (7)

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Chet   [Oct 02, 1999]

The 5 steep 170degree plus switchbacks on the descent are what makes this trail noteworthy. Very technical, very steep, and very fun.

Customer Service

Get to trailhead via middle ridge road. Park at entrance to State Forest.

Similar Products Used: Black Bear
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5
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crystal   [Feb 17, 2000]

Great aerobic workout thruout entire ride, excellent switchback on the way down, scenery is beautiful during spring and fall, this trail is just plain fun to ride!!!!!

Customer Service

park at end of Park, up Pigeon Roost then continue up main fire road to trail

Similar Products Used: Blackbear (except i almost died there!), mossy rock, teaberry, Bunner (aka "Mystery")
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4
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Ig   [Jun 09, 2000]

Excellent trail. Not as technical as some of the others but it makes up in this difficulty with killer switchbacks. Nice length and has a few log crossings to boot

Customer Service

Take pigeon roost to Boundary Road. Stay on the road for about 4 miles exit on the right

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4
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Eliot   [Sep 12, 2000]

excellent single-track with a good mix of trees, roots, rocks, and twists.
Finding the state forest is fairly easy: I64 to 119-S/Oakwood Rd, turn L on Oakwood and follow the signs to the park (which is about 6-7 miles, but easy).

Customer Service

We took this downward off of Pigeon Roost trail. My flat-lander legs recommend this direction!!

Similar Products Used: Pigeon Roost, Mossy Rock, Teaberry (any trail in Kanawha...). We rode the trails this past weekend (Sept) adn the weather was great, the trail system is well layed out, the trail-maps are actually very useful, adn the locals (bike shop and riders) are super helpful! Many thanks to Dennis Hedricks who guided us around! The trails and maps are good enough that someone could easily get around the first time on their own. And if they had the stamina, there were few trails anyone couldn't do (except Black Bear). Now if only I could find some stamina .....
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4
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matt   [Mar 05, 2001]

Requires a good aerobic workout, but the downhill section is definitely worth it. Be ready for 5 major switchbacks, they get more difficult the further down you go! There are one or two small drop-offs on the trail (over roots) and is rocky in a couple of spots. Requires some skill.

Customer Service

Park at the pool, travel the road or the trail that parallels the road to Pigeon Roost Trail. Climb the Roost and take a right on the Boundary Road. At the first intersection on the raod, go left. Wildcat will be on the right a mile or two out the road. There is some climbing involved on the Boundary Ridge Road as well as on Wildcat. A couple of trails branch off of Wildcat, stay right at both intersections. This is an excellent ride!

Similar Products Used: Mossy Rock, Ballard, Pine Ridge
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4
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Evan   [Apr 04, 2002]

Although the climb up is a killer worthy of a FSU ride, Wildcat Ridge is worth it. The first mile to a mile and a quarter rides the ridge with fast, narrow descents, and grueling, out-of-the-saddle climbs. The major downhills are narrow and probably the funnest out there. The switchbacks are so insane that I have never ridden all at once. Dude.

Customer Service

Well, getting to Kanawha State Forest is mind-knumbingly easy. When you get there, pedal up to Polly Hollow. Cross all of the creeks and keep to the right. Then turn left and get ready to bust your heart.

Similar Products Used: Polecat, Ballard, Black Bear(a must), Teaberry, Mossy Rock, Pigeon Roost. Stay off of the hikers trails.
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5
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JasonWVU   [Jul 30, 2002]

The climp up Rattlesnake Hollow is good fun, really steep for a fireroad but way too short. I am not even going to try to explain how to get to the trailhead from the top, go left and use a map. The first 1/3 is really fast winding single track through trees with some nice up and downs. The down hill section is not too difficult, other then the switchbacks, but is all great fun. This is not a ride if you're looking for insanely technical stuff, this is more of an aerobic workout because 4/5ths of the ride is just getting to the trailhead.

Customer Service

Park at the lake, ride on the pavement until the first road on your right known as Rattlesanke Hollow then you better get your map out.

Similar Products Used: All Kanawhay State Forest Trails
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4
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