New River Gorge Trail System - TRAIL

New River Gorge Trail System - Trail, Fayetteville, Virginia

Trail starts out as a rolling dirt road, then has a fast desent until it intersects a single track. This section was once a mining railroad, but the ride is a little more difficult and fun than your average rail trail. Incredible views high above the New River. This trail goes to an area called Cunard, then can connect along the New River to a trail leading to the ghost town of Thurmond. From Thurmond there is additional trail leading to the small town on Minden.

User Reviews (13)

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curtb98   Weekend Warrior [Jun 17, 2011]

Stopped at Marathon Bike in Fayetteville for a ride route. I was only going to be in town for 1 day and received a trail map and great advice about the trail. I rode the Kaymoor loop and had a fantastic ride. Trail was in great shape and well maintained. In the process of getting in a ride you can see the remains of the old mine. The only negative is the majority of the drop in elevation for the loop is on a jeep trail, it would be better if there was a single track that paralleled the jeep trail.

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3
voyager63   Weekend Warrior [Oct 22, 2005]

I actually started on the Fayetteville trail at the cemetery/ball fields area and rode to Kaymoor Top. This is all single track. I classify myself as an intermediate rider, cautious and definitely no speedster. Having said this, I thought the Fayetteville trail was intermediate at best with a few steep areas. This part of the Fayetteville Trail was not very scenic. From Kaymoor Top I took the Kaymoor-Cunard Trail. After a steep descent on an old forest service road, the trail comes to a "T" intersection. Turning left takes you to Kaymoor mine (I didn't go this route). Turning right takes you to Cunard (which I did take). This is all single track with a few ups and downs. There is one steep area at a slide area from the 2001 floods. I was told the Forest Service put steps there for people like me to walk down. When I got to Cunard I was told the trail drops to the creek, then back up to a dirt road, however I ended up in someone's backyard. There was a rock road to the right and I took this to a paved road in Cunard. I turned left, and then left again at the next road, then right after crossing the bridge was the New River Gorge River Access Road which I took. This was a steep downhill to the bottom of the gorge, and also the trailhead for the Cunard-Thurmond Trail. This is a mixture of single and double track and very level. You are riding on an old train bed, in fact you will see old railroad ties and rails as you get closer to Thurmond. The Kaymoor-Cunard and Cunard-Thurmond trail are very scenic. I really enjoyed riding these trail and the whole trip took me a little over 2 1/2 hours (this included stopping to take pictures).

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4
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2
Hecklerboy   Weekend Warrior [Apr 08, 2004]

I used to ride these trails almost every weekend until I moved to the MNF. I love the Kaymor to Cunard trail. Not very difficult, but the scenic views and open trail makes it worth the ride. I really need to make a trip to Fayetteville this year

Customer Service

You can park at the top of Kaymor for a dollor at a campsite and the dude there will watch you care for you. Ride from Kaymor to Cunard. Then take the road back or ride the trail back if you like.

Similar Products Used: Cunard to Thurmond. Flat, easy ride alon the New River.
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Tracy Wayne   [Nov 29, 1998]

This ride is always a mud bath, but mud is good. The trail follows the New River on an old rail grade. The trail is great for beginners yet has interesting things for more advanced riders like the single track that snakes along beside the trail. There are lots of places to explore like: great swimming holes and abandoned coke ovens. There is always the excitement of the white water rafters whooping it up right beside you. This abandoned rail trail is more interesting, rustic and fun than most rail trails. Thurmond is a great resting place with a small rail museum in the restored depot, and a little general store and bike shop. This is a great family ride.

Customer Service

Cunnard to Thurmond and back, about 7 miles one way.

Similar Products Used: Kaymor top to Thurmond. Local bike store has a low cost shuttle service
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4
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Kyle Dooley   [Aug 10, 1999]

I usually do a out and back from Cunard to Kaymore mine and back.

This trail is fun and great for beginners. It only has one small technical down and up. It is a beautiful ride. The scenery will make you feel more like you are doing some serious mountain biking than the obstacles. You can ride this trail really fast.

Customer Service

I usually do a out and back from Cunard to Kaymore mine and back.

Similar Products Used: Not many trails in this area are open to biking. Somone should realize that bikers do much less damage than the rafters.
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2
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Vince   [Apr 24, 2000]

The 7 mile trail to the old abandoned mine is great. It starts with a good climb and rolls along the ridge. You can get incrediable speed with an awsome view. There are some challenging parts but it is mainly built for speed and length. The old mine is a great place to stop and look at the view from the top of the moutain. Good for beginners and advanced (If you crank it).

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4
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Bryan   [Aug 08, 2000]

My wife and I try to ride this trail anytime we get to WV because it's so beautiful. We've ridden it with friends ranging from true beginners to those with enough seperated shoulders to be called experienced veterans and each has gotten a good workout and a challenging ride. The only real difference is how fast you do it.

Wide, hard-packed trail mixed with some single track and a few small up and down hills. Riding above the New River may make the ride seem more exciting than it really is, but when it's over, you still realize you've ridden a mountain bike trail and not just a rails to trails. It truly is a beautiful ride, especially in the fall when it cools down just a little.

For a double delight, combo this ride with a raft trip down the New or Gauley. That's two outstanding days of outdoor excitement in one of the most scenic river gorges in the country.

I can't recommend this ride enough. Though we only get to WV about once a year, and we're sure there are tons of other great rides in the area, we keep coming back to this ride. It has everything a beginner rider can ask for, plus enough challenges to keep an expert on their toes. Don't miss it.

Customer Service

Kaymoor to the mine out and back

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5
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Stud Puppy   [Oct 04, 2000]

Trail is not very technical, a couple of stream crossings, good ol fashioned roots at the beginning with a good climb. One drop in the middle of about 15 feet at 70 degree angle. Obviously not many people make it up either side as there are steps on the outside of the trail to walk your bike up. The beginning is mostly single trak with the end doubletrak. The ride back from the mine is more up hill than the ride to the mine. Look for steps to the right of the mine entrance, 440 to be exact, up top you get great views and some good picture ops. I can only give it a four tire as there are next to zero technical sections, but the views almost make up for it.

Customer Service

starting off at the New River State Park entrance and ridding out towards the mine.

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4
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Emersome Biguns   [Oct 31, 2000]

The part of the trail that me and 2 of my buds rode started out at Cunard Trailhead and rode to the Kaymoor mines {7.5 miles} and back. We got a map at the local bike shop. Trail is fairly simple but the views make up for it. Probably the most senic ride I have been on to date. Definately recomend this ride

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4
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Mike Belmont   [Sep 26, 2001]

This trail is a very easy downhill grade from the Minden end, and a freeride down to Thurmond (3.2 miles one way.) There are several bridges to cross and all are smooth and easy. The ride back to Minden is just the opposite, up hill slightly. But it is very senic and a fun ride for any level rider. We took my Nephews who are 9 and 7 years old, and they had no problem on this trail in either direction, even on a one speed bike. If you every get the chance to ride any section of this trail, do it, we had a great time!

Customer Service

Minden to Thurmond and back, 6.4 miles round trip

Similar Products Used: Going to ride the rest of this trail systen on Friday.
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2
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