Southside-Brooklyn Trail

Thurmond, West Virginia

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Traveling high above the crashing rapids of the New River, this popular, leafy trail offers fantastic views at every turn. The rails and ties that still line the old rail bed (making for a bumpy bike ride) reflect the park service’s philosophy to preserve as much history as possible. Surface: Natural. Length: 6 miles to Brooklyn, 7 miles to Cunard; one-way Surface: Natural. Wheelchair access: No. Difficulty: Easy hiking, moderate biking. Although the trail is fairly level, tree roots and old railroad ties make for a bumpy bike ride. Food: Towns outside the park have groceries and restaurants, including Hinton, Beaver, Beckley, Mount Hope, Oak Hill, and Fayetteville.
Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

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Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

by Barbara A. Noe (The Globe Pequot Press)

Traveling high above the crashing rapids of the New River, this popular, leafy trail offers fantastic views at every turn. The rails and ties that still line the old rail bed (making for a bumpy bike ride) reflect the park service’s philosophy to preserve as much history as possible. Surface: Natural.

Length: 6 miles to Brooklyn, 7 miles to Cunard; one-way
Surface: Natural. Wheelchair access: No. Difficulty: Easy hiking, moderate biking. Although the trail is fairly level,
tree roots and old railroad ties make for a bumpy bike ride.
Food: Towns outside the park have groceries and restaurants, including Hinton, Beaver, Beckley, Mount Hope, Oak Hill, and Fayetteville.

© 2000 Barbara A. Noe/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking
Nearby City: Thurmond
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Surface:
Access: Easy to Moderate
Best Times: Open year round
Additional Use: Boating
Driving Directions: Directions to Southside-Brooklyn Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/30/2002
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A great trail for the more experenced rail rider, this one had alot of various type of terrain to go over. The humps and dips in this trail make it fun and the tight and leafy streches make it a trail to pay attention on. I had a blast and will ride this again. I went to the railroad bridge that is the upper railroad rapid on the river and the fallen roadway there made for an interesting climb with the bike. Best bet is to stop there and walk over to the bridge cause the railway there is still active but you can catch some good views of rafters going under the bridge. I rode this trail from the parking lot at Thurmond and then rode out the road to the bridge at Cliffrock and back for the total of 20 miles. Beautiful views and seclusion is the mark of this trail.



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