West Fork Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Durbin, West Virginia. It is 21.7 miles long and begins at 2,735 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 43.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,661 feet. Near the trailhead there is a cemetery. The Wildell School (historical) (elevation 3,061 feet) school and the Samll Pond water can be seen along the trail.
West Fork Rail Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is an exceptionally scenic and easy ride along the West Fork of the Greenbrier River. The entire route is along an abandoned railgrade. As you ride through the steep-sided valley, you'll pass through woods, beside marshes and bogs, and over small trestles. You can turn around at any point or continue the full 22 miles to Glady. Highlights: Isolated, flat and smooth, views of river and mountains, wildlife, trestles."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume VI: A Guide to Mountain Biking in West Virginia's Northern Highlands (Milestone Press).
"The West Fork Trail is a pleasant, 22-mile path that snakes its way through a remote mountain setting and follows the West Fork River for most of its route. The soothing rumble of the river complements the trail’s serene environment.This is a great path for biking, but the surface is primarily ballast left over from the rail corridor, so leave your road bike at home.
The route begins in the small community of Glady. Even though the trail appears to be flat, you will find yourself on a gentle decline as the trail follows the river downstream from Glady. For the first 5 miles, the path takes a higher route above the western side of the river and pops in and out of small groves of conifers, offering great views of the surrounding hills."
--Various Authors, Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic (Wilderness Press).
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