Cow Pasture Trail - TRAIL

Cow Pasture Trail - Trail, Richwood, Virginia

This is a loop around Cranberry Glades. The trail offers a variety of conditions from single track to open fields.

User Reviews (3)

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outdoornut   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2007]

As noted this is a great little trail. It is pretty easy and is not extremely long. However my son and I found a way to use it by adding it as part of a longer ride. You will begin off Cranberry River Trail,
and follow Cow Pasture till you come to the old blacktop road with grass growing out of it. The trail would normally take a right and head you back toward the entrance road to the glades. Here is where it's different. See route.

Customer Service

Begin at Cranberry Visitors Center, ride out Pocahontas Trail, take Kennison Mtn. Trail, cross Rt39 on Kennison Mtn. Trail. Go about another 1/4 to 1/2 mile watching for the point you cross an old logging road just before starting up a steep climb on Kennison. Take a right at this point (South Mountain). Follow this old loggin road down the mountain for a ways, it will end and the trail will take a sharp, steep, rocky right turn downhill and switch back turning into singletrack. There are usually some stinging nettles on the next two switchbacks so be advise. This trail will dump you out on Cranberry River trail at the intersecton with CowPasture Trail. Just cross the road and follow Cow Pasture till you reach the point in the trail you come out on an old blacktop road with grass growing in and on it. Instead of taking a right, go left on the grassy fire road. It will
stay grassy for a while then turns into a gravel road and brings you out just about 50 yards from the stop sign at 150 and Rt39 across from the visitors center. You only cross blacktop road twice on this route. Approx. 19 miles total. Great ride.

Similar Products Used: Kennison Mtn trail, many of the trails over off Gauley Mountain in the Tea Creek area. Awesome !
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Dale Porter   Weekend Warrior [Jul 15, 2007]

A great scenic trail in the Cranberry Backcounty that circles the Cranberry Glades. A lot of the trail follows old logging railroad grades (watch out for the ghost of the shay locomotives!), which makes for pretty easy riding. There is enough single track and elevation change to keep it interesting but nothing severe. Pick up a map of the area from the Cranberry Glades Visitor Center.

Customer Service

The easiest route is counter clockwise, but can be ridden in either direction.

Similar Products Used: Trails 280, 260, 275 can all be accessed from the Cranberry Glades Visitors Center and offer different options getting to the Cowpasture Trail.
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David Taylor   [Jun 19, 2001]

This is a great trail. It offers technical single track along with wide open fields to relax in. You will go from dense forest to open spaces many time. I almost alway see a black bear or two while riding.

Customer Service

Just follow the signs from the Cranberry Glades parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Kenneson Mountain Trial
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Brandon   [Oct 01, 2001]

This is a great trail. Its about half fire roads and half single track. It's really pretty easy, but it still is technical enough in places to have fun, plus the veiws are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!

Customer Service

Just follow the loop. You'll want to start at the trailhead off of the one lane blacktop road, not the gravel road. This way you have easier climbs and more enjoyable decents.

Similar Products Used: Tea creek mountain
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