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I usually post in my regional forum. Passion seemed like the place for this one though. Riding in this area is what started the obsession. I was in my mid forties when I started riding about 6 years ago. Knees and ankles starting complaining about my regular jogging, so I quit. You can guess what happened next, the weight started adding on and 175 lbs became 195 lbs. So I'll try this here mountain bike thing. Bought a Giant AC and thought I would enjoy the cush FS ride on rails to trails and maybe some Forest Service road. That's how innocent it started anyway.

Riding along the old railroad bed close to home, I would always see these 3 Forest Service trailheads. Not formal trails, but old logging roads with "no motorized vehicle" signs. Eventually, curiosity got the best of me. I took a ride on one of them. It didn't kill me, but that first half mile climb almost got the best of me. How do people do this? Then, a taste of the downhill and I was hooked. Spent my first 6 months of riding exclusively on these trails. Later, I wanted more challenge and moved on to more vertical and rocky stuff. But these trails in the pics are what got me hooked on mountain biking. Some point and clicks:





Sorry for the self centric pics, but I was solo riding that day with my gorilla pod.

The area was logged 20 or 30 years ago, but has come back nicely. There are a couple of wildlife ponds along one trail.





And here I pass an old trash dump, which reminds me that the way people used to do things wasn't always better. A home for tires and old refrigerators. Luckily, the green will hide it soon.



Funny, how Mother Nature doesn't really like doubletrack. Over time, she has been kind enough to slowly turn it back into singletrack.

A couple of spring pics

Serviceberry is one of the first things to bloom in western Virginia


I've always liked this spot. Its part of the old railroad bed



Since these pictures were taken a week ago, Spring has sprung and everything's a lot greener. I love Spring in Virginia. I still love riding these trails that started it all too……..
 

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Over time she has been kind enough to slowly turn it back to singletrack

Very interesting point. A LOT of the singletrack I see is animal trails. The first "mountain bikers" in Montana, the Buffalo Soldiers, rode all the way from Missoula to somewhere in the midwest on buffalo trail back at the turn of the century. I like to ride "game trails" partly for the amusement of it all also because often it's really nice trail through really nice places. It's quite possible that a lot of double track out there followed game trails in the first place. Not to advocate ANY sort of illegal riding. Whatsoever. Aw what the heck. The BLM and wildlife refuges are loaded with cattle trails and they are of a design and style that no human would ever come up with. Nice post and shots heartland.
 

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Awesome post CCR! A lot of our local singletrack here in NGA are old doubletrack roads from logging or gold mining years and years back or something of that nature. Today I rode some singletrack trails (Pinhoti) down what looked like old road beds that were 7-10 feet wide, but except for the singletrack the only thing that remained on the old road benchcut where trees that looked to be close to 50 years old or more. But the signs of an old roadbed still lingered.

Interesting stuff
 

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davidarnott said:
Very interesting point. A LOT of the singletrack I see is animal trails. The first "mountain bikers" in Montana, the Buffalo Soldiers, rode all the way from Missoula to somewhere in the midwest on buffalo trail back at the turn of the century. I like to ride "game trails" partly for the amusement of it all also because often it's really nice trail through really nice places. It's quite possible that a lot of double track out there followed game trails in the first place. Not to advocate ANY sort of illegal riding. Whatsoever. Aw what the heck. The BLM and wildlife refuges are loaded with cattle trails and they are of a design and style that no human would ever come up with. Nice post and shots heartland.
Interesting stuff. Some of these trails run out, but theres usually a deer trail that continues on. Our East Coast wildlife (deer) trails are usually too tight to ride unless they are brushed out. Guess we need to borrow some of your buffalo.
 

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mtbGreg said:
Awesome post CCR! A lot of our local singletrack here in NGA are old doubletrack roads from logging or gold mining years and years back or something of that nature. Today I rode some singletrack trails (Pinhoti) down what looked like old road beds that were 7-10 feet wide, but except for the singletrack the only thing that remained on the old road benchcut where trees that looked to be close to 50 years old or more. But the signs of an old roadbed still lingered.

Interesting stuff
Thanks Greg. Yea we have a lot of old iron mining roads from the late 1800's and early 1900's in this area. I think there's a lot of cool stuff out there for those willing to explore a little. The beauty of a mountain bike is that we don't need a whole lot of trail to get through.
 

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CraigCreekRider said:
Thanks Greg. Yea we have a lot of old iron mining roads from the late 1800's and early 1900's in this area. I think there's a lot of cool stuff out there for those willing to explore a little. The beauty of a mountain bike is that we don't need a whole lot of trail to get through.
Definitely. Sometimes when I'm riding, I see all of those abandoned road beds that are completely overgrown, and I just see potential for hundreds of miles of singletrack that could be cut fairly easily out there. It's cool to dream!
 

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A little North of Roanoke.
That's a great spot - I've spent some time down that-a-way b/c I have some family and friends around Floyd and Blacksburg. Excellent riding around there.
 

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That's a great spot - I've spent some time down that-a-way b/c I have some family and friends around Floyd and Blacksburg. Excellent riding around there.
Yea, pretty good stuff in this area. I like to think of my location as between Carvins Cove and Douthat State Park, both great riding areas in their own right. But what I really love riding is the less visited spots on the national forest.

Blacksburg has good riding at Pandapas Pond. I'm still looking for trails around Floyd. A beautiful high farm area, but all the land is either private or Park Service (no bikes). Everytime I go to FloydFest I think, what a beautiful area to ride in - but I don't know of any public trails around there. Probably some pretty good private trails if you know the right people.
 

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Yea, pretty good stuff in this area. I like to think of my location as between Carvins Cove and Douthat State Park, both great riding areas in their own right. But what I really love riding is the less visited spots on the national forest.

Blacksburg has good riding at Pandapas Pond. I'm still looking for trails around Floyd. A beautiful high farm area, but all the land is either private or Park Service (no bikes). Everytime I go to FloydFest I think, what a beautiful area to ride in - but I don't know of any public trails around there. Probably some pretty good private trails if you know the right people.
I don't know of any trails around Floyd either. Last time I was in the area we rode at Pandapas, if I'm remembering right. Old Farm Trail? Something like that. We rode up Old Farm and did some trails that connected to it (Jacob's ladder was one). We thoroughly misjudged the amount of daylight that we had, though, and wound up riding down Old Farm in the dark with no lights whatsoever. :eek:

To make things better, it was hunting season, and as soon as twilight rolled in we started hearing gun shots all around. Scared the bejeesus out of us, so we started singing at the top of our lungs to keep from getting mistaken for deer.

Good times. :thumbsup:
 

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heartland said:
Last time I was in the area we rode at Pandapas, if I'm remembering right. Old Farm Trail? Something like that. We rode up Old Farm and did some trails that connected to it (Jacob's ladder was one).
Good times. :thumbsup:
Old Farm was the first trail I ever rode. I vomited, which was extra awesome since I had been invited by a pretty cute girl in my department.
 

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CraigCreekRider said:
I like to ride tech stuff now, which Virginia and West Virginia have plenty of
That's for sure. No shortage of technical trails here in West-by-God-Virginia. But still being new I like my mellow trails. Even without the tech. stuff they are a good workout. But don't get me wrong...I love my Davis, WV rock gardens and roots too. No pics but I will be getting some this spring/summer for sure.

But to stay on topic...I cut my teeth on the CVI trail in Davis, WV. Again, no pictures but I will be there a bunch this summer so I will be sure to get some then and do a nice WV passion thread at some point.
 
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Those first pictures look exactly like that section of poverty creek right after the gravel piles. Hard to say, cause I always try to fly when I'm heading in that direction :)

in fact, I'm pretty sure we rode passed each other on that part of the trail the other week, but you were riding with someone. Maybe not, but the blue looks familiar.
 

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CCR- Always a pleasure to see your words and pics, but who let you out of forum #82? ;)

Seen any morels up yet down your way? Saw my first ones yesterday. Yummy. Do hope you can make it back to the Slatyfork Shuffle this year. Be sure to bring the rollers and a couple jars if possible....

See you in July!
 
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