West Fork River Trail - TRAIL

West Fork River Trail - Trail, Glady, Virginia

Very gentle grade. hardly noticible. good rail trail ride

User Reviews (3)

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Bullitproof   Weekend Warrior [Aug 16, 2011]

This is a really nice rail trail through meadows, over old train bridges, and along a creek. I parked at the Glady trailhead and explored the .5 mile or so to the tunnel prior to riding. That little stretch was very overgrown. I ended up walking the end since my head was taking a branch beating. The tunnel was absolutely awesome. It was flooded with a light waterfall dripping over the opening. I was a little creeped out by the animal bones though.
Heading South on the trail was highly enjoyable. I think if I remember correctly, I did the ride in two hours one way.

Customer Service

Park in Glady, explore the tunnel, take the rail trail to Durbin, and enjoy a ride on the Durbin Rocket train. I had my family bring me back to the trailhead to pick up my car after the 3 hours trail ride. It was a really nice day.

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4
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2
David Seals   Weekend Warrior [Aug 26, 2008]

Very nice and secluded rail trail. Started in Glady at the trail head and headed south to Durbin to ride the Durbin Rocket Scenic Train. The ride took me exactly two hours for 22 miles. The first four miles were slightly uphill, the rest of 18 were a slight downhill. Despite it being mid August, some off the trees had already turned colors. The first four miles had several homes and farms along the way, the was all woods. I did not see another soul the whole ride. On a previous ride, I found the train tunnel. If you want to find it, park at the northern trailhead. Ride back the way you drove. Almost immediately at the rangers home, you will see what looks like a driveway on the left with the main road on the ride. Take the left fork and ride a half mile. This stretch is very overgrown and has some trees down. The entire tunnel was flooded with water and the mouth looked like a water fall the day I was there. To pick up the trail on the other side of the tunnel, you can ride on the road to Bemis. Just past the crest of the hill on the left, you will see a red clay overgrown lot with two entrances. You can pick up the trail again here. It is the only lot without no trespassing signs.

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4
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2
David Seals   Weekend Warrior [Aug 26, 2008]

Very nice and secluded rail trail. Started in Glady at the trail head and headed south to Durbin to ride the Durbin Rocket Scenic Train. The ride took me exactly two hours for 22 miles. The first four miles were slightly uphill, the rest of 18 were a slight downhill. Despite it being mid August, some off the trees had already turned colors. The first four miles had several homes and farms along the way, the was all woods. I did not see another soul the whole ride. On a previous ride, I found the train tunnel. If you want to find it, park at the northern trailhead. Ride back the way you drove. Almost immediately at the rangers home, you will see what looks like a driveway on the left with the main road on the ride. Take the left fork and ride a half mile. This stretch is very overgrown and has some trees down. The entire tunnel was flooded with water and the mouth looked like a water fall the day I was there. To pick up the trail on the other side of the tunnel, you can ride on the road to Bemis. Just past the crest of the hill on the left, you will see a red clay overgrown lot with two entrances. You can pick up the trail again here. It is the only lot without no trespassing signs.

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4
VALUE
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2
a_klug   Cross Country Rider [Apr 13, 2004]

Try combining backpacing and fishing this ride. Many campers along the road that parallels the river, but some remote trout fishing on the W Fork and Little River. Look for the 6'6" red-head on the Gary Fisher. Expect the stonefly and caddis hatch in late March/early April, grab your bike and ride.

Customer Service

Several points to jump on the trail, for fishermen find the remote holes

Similar Products Used: Go to Blackwater Bike stor in Davis, they will definitely point you in the right direction. Very challenging rides within 30 miles
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5
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2
Dale Porter   [Jan 30, 2002]

This trail follows the West Fork of the Greenbrier River from Durbin to Glady and then crosses over to the Shaver's Fork of Cheat by a tunnel. Most people avoid the tunnel because of deep standing water on the Glady end. No special surface preparation was done for trail use after the track were removed, so don't expect the smooth ride of many rail trails. Once you get three or four miles out of Durbin, there are is no habitation until you reach Glady. It is a ride along a scenic valley that once was occupied by several lumber camps that are now just names on a map (May, Burner, Wildel). Prettiet time is mid September when the valley floor is covered by gold wildflowers and the trees are starting to show some color. Forest Service 44 parallels the trail from Durbin to Glady, so shuttles are possible. One of the more scenic rail trails in WV.

Customer Service

Any portion or all of the trail.

Similar Products Used: FS 17, Hingle Run Trial, Burner Mt. Trail and Span Oak Trail makes a good 18 mile loop for the more adventurous riders.
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5
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