Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia
by Barbara A. Noe (The Globe Pequot Press)
© 2000 Barbara A. Noe/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.
I rode about 2/3 of the trail from Cass to Rennick. I enjoyed the scenery very much
but did not like the loose large gravel surface, especially from Cass to Marlinton.
Great rail-trail. My brother, myself and then 12 year old son rode it. We were dropped off at Cass mid-day and rode down to Marlinton. We ate there and stayed in a nice Bed & Breakfast. After a large breakfast we headed south. A large black bear with THREE cubs crossed the trail in front of us just south of Marlinton. Plenty of water (hand pumps) along the way as well as toilets. The gravel used in some sections is more suited for fatter tires. Finished out in Caldwell that afternoon.
We rode from Marlinton to Seebert (20 miles roundtrip) and Marlinton to Clover Lick (30 miles round trip) and then Seebert to Renick ( about 25 round trip). The entire trail was well maintained with very few riders. We stayed at Naturally You Bed and Breakfast in Marlinton, which was excellent. The tunnels and bridges were cool.Do not eat at The River Place in Marlinton. Go to the Elk River Restaurant, just north of Marlinton on Highway 219. The food is excellent and they serve alcohol! (The town of Marlinton does not have alcohol available)
The trail itself was well kept. We did a 27 mile section of the northern-most section starting at Cass going south to Marlington. The trail is all gravel though and extremely tough on the feet. Other than that, very good.
If you are up for a hot shower and a good night's sleep, there is a bed and breakfast in Marlington called the Old Clark Inn that was very cozy, had a great breakfast and the rates were good too. Not a bad way to start the day!
A beautiful trail...picked wild berries on our breaks...it follows along a beautiful river, and we saw very few people along the way. Cass downstream is gorgeous!
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