Slatyfork Region Trails - TRAIL

Slatyfork Region Trails - Trail, Marlinton, Virginia

Varying degrees of difficulty. Most are technical in nature. Highly recommend staying at the Marlinton Motor Inn and eating/drinking at the B&B Roadhouse Restaurant and Bar. Bob and Becky Sanner takes good care of bikers/hikers.

User Reviews (18)

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John Herod   Weekend Warrior [Dec 07, 2013]

Tea Creek Mountain Trail is a must ride. Maintenance has been an issue in the past but it was clear this year.After a little climb to the top you come across a 1/4 mile long rock garden, very technical. I have cleared in the past but you have to be on your game.Once out you get some relief before the bench cut single track. Then it's on,a white knuckle rid e down the side of Tea Creek Mt. Definitely one of my favorite DH single track rides.
I recommend a 5" trail bike.

Customer Service

Start at parking lot off of highway 150. You can shuttle by parking at Tea Creek Campground and driving up the hill.

Similar Products Used: There are a lot of great trails in the area.Some very technical ,ranging from slow rock gardens to some fast short descents.
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5
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5
Jeremy   Cross Country Rider [Aug 19, 2011]

Very disappointed in these trails...they are an overgrown mess and should be removed from the IMBA epic list.

Customer Service

DON'T GO HERE!

Similar Products Used: Snowshoe I guess, but generally not impressed with the trails in the area, go to Copper Harbor MI if you want to ride a true IMBA trail
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2
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3
trailhonky   Cross Country Rider [Aug 04, 2011]

Rode Tea Creek mountain trail a few weeks ago. It was really badly overgrown. Briers, stinging nettle, other leafy plants completely covered the trail 75% of the time. It doesn't appear that this trail gets much traffic, and it's supposed to be the best downhill in the trail network. After this experience, I didn't venture onto any other trails in the gauley mountain area. It's amazing to me that this trail is on the IMBA epic list...it sure is 'epic' in terms of painful stinging nettle and bushwacking...but in it's current condition it is not quality mountain biking.

Customer Service

Somewhere else. Don't believe the hype.

Similar Products Used: Snowshoe. Canaan. Douthat.
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2
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4
bikeninja13   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2008]

Awesome, super-technical trail. Expect rocks, roots, hike-a-bike adventure. Combined with Davis and Snowshoe, plan a week's trip.

Customer Service

Start at Tea Creek campground, gentle climb up Bannock Shoals, try your technical skills on Boundary Trail (some hike-a-bike), enjoy Bear Pen, cruise Gauley, then bomb Tea Creek Mountain. Sweet ride.

Similar Products Used: Piles of trail in Davis. Hook up with the crew at Blackwater bikes for their Thursday evening club ride. Then go for a Burrito and local ale at Hellbender's. Not to be missed.
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5
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5
outdoornut   Cross Country Rider [Mar 02, 2008]

These trails were still awesome as of late summer 2007. Just want to make an important note now. Please DO NOT spend your dollars at Elk River Touring Center or Snowshoe. As of this date 3/1/2008 they are supporting Wilderness Bill to affect many of our trails in the Monongahela National Forest which puts and "Off Limits" sign to mountain bikes.

Customer Service

Still awesome trails, just don't support ERTC or Snowshoe. If I find others that I can find written statements from I'll post those as well.

Similar Products Used: Find the "Slatyfork Mountain Bike Trail Guide" and purchase it. I just hope you will attempt to locate it somewhere besides ERTC or Snowshoe Mtn.

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5
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5
outdoornut   Cross Country Rider [Jul 02, 2006]

Rode the trails in this area over the Memorial Day weekend and then during the Slatyfork Shuffle June 21st through the 25th. The trails were great. Would recommend you ride Gauley Mountain Trail the entire length before attempting the other trails in this area. If you think Gauley Mtn. is not bad, then you may want to attack the others since Gauley Mtn. is not near as technical as Bear Pen, Tea Creek, Red Run, Right Fork, Tea Creek Mountain Trail or Boundary Trail.

Lots of Rocks, rocks and more rocks, with plenty of mud and roots to keep it interesting.

Customer Service

Start on the Scenic Hwy. Rt.150 and ride Gauley Mountain a little over 5 miles out to Mine Rd. If you feel that was fun then make a loop using the other trails such as Bear Pen, Red Run, etc etc. There is a map link posted in the last post. Enjoy

Similar Products Used: See the map. Also Pocahontas Trail, Kennison Mtn., South Mtn., Bannock Shoals as a way off the the Gauley Mtn. area. If exiting from Bear Pen, and either Fire Rd. or Boundary Trail, Bannock Shoals is a pretty quick downhill for about 5.3 miles. Old railroad grade now single track with some water breaks and nice creek crossing thrown in.
Brings you out in Tea Creek Campground.
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5
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5
outdoornut   Weekend Warrior [Feb 08, 2006]

Just wanted to pass on a link to a good map of this area. Just copy and past the link in your address bar. Very nice map of the area. Will be riding this area again as soon as the weather gets nice. http://www.outdoortravels.com/files/maps_wv_trailmap_teacreek.jpg There are also some good pictures on that site and the link below. Enjoy. http://singletrack.wirefire.com/default.htm

Customer Service

It is always better if you have a shuttle from the campground to the trail head, but any direction you wish to ride.

Similar Products Used: Kennison Mountain Trail, Pocahontas Trail, Cowpasture Trail, Laurel Run, and Snowshoe of course.
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5
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5
rob412   Cross Country Rider [Jul 31, 2005]

I learned of this fantastic 16 mile loop combining three different trails from the http://www.bikerag.com/index2.htm website. The site has a useful topo map of this ride. Start at Tea Creek Campground on USFS86 and warm up over the 5 road miles and 1500' elevation gain up Highway 150 to the Gauley Mnt Trailhead. Gauley Mnt Trail is not very exciting. The first few miles are not technically challenging but do deliver a couple scenic high-mountain meadows. When you take the left on Red Run Trail things get a little more exciting. The next three miles of technical roots, rocks, and stumps on Red Run definately make up for the lack of challenges on Gauley Mnt Trail. The trail ends when you cross the right fork of Tea Creek and connect with Right Fork Trail. A left on Right Fork Trail will loop you back to Highway 150 in about three miles. Right Fork has some technical sections but is not as grueling as Red Run. Just before Highway 150 pick up the Tea Creek Mnt Trailhead. Tea Creek Mnt trail is by far the highlight of this loop. Tea Creek Mnt Trail climbs another few hundred feet from the trailhead to the top of the mountain and one of the most amazing rock garden ever. A quarter mile of white limestone hell. There's a couple ups and downs along the mountain top before the final descent. Much of the descent is steep and fast off camber singletrack. But as you near the Williams River, the trail becomes less steep and switches back and forth with many fun jumps. This section is an absolute blast! This is a fantastic downhill. If you're looking for a spectacular downhill in the Slatyfork area don't even waste your time over at Props Run. This trail is where it's at! Tea Creek Mnt Trail puts Props Run to shame.

Customer Service

Park at Tea Creek Campground USFS 86 to Highway 150 Gauley Mountain Trail to Red Ron Trail Red Run Trail to Right Fork Trail Right Fork Trail to Tea Creek Mountain Trail Tea Creek Mountain Trail to campground

Similar Products Used: Douthat State Park in VA is roughly an hour away and pretty awesome. Snowshoe
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4
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4
D Gordon   [Oct 21, 1999]

Trails are all average to slightly above. Most are technical. Skip the Greenbrier Trail, it is flat and all gravel.

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3
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Kirk   [Apr 29, 2000]

I've only ridden a small section of this trail system, but found it to be some of the best biking I've done. Tea Creek trail is a blast(you have a better chance of seeing a black bear than you do another person). The descent at the end of the trail is steep, technical, and 1800 feet long. This is the good stuff.

Customer Service

Stop at the Elk River Touring CenteR(ERTC) for all the information you'll ever need. Web site is www.ertc.com

Similar Products Used: Snowshoe trail system(new home of the 24 Hours race) has some great singletrack.
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5
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