The trails described below – with the exception of the final one, Elkins to Beverly – can all be accessed from the Allegheny Highlands Trail.
South Haddix Trail is an 8 mile singletrack trail between Cherry Fork Rd in Randolph County and Haddix Rd in Tucker County. Park at the AHT trailhead in Montrose. Travel south for .75 miles until you reach the first paved road, Wilmoth Run and turn left. Cross US 219 to Cherry Fork Rd. Travel approximately 1.75 miles, the trail head for South Haddix Trail is on the left. The trail is blue blazed for the entirety. The trail consists of several steep saddlebacks and some very nice bench cuts. The final downhill is a beautiful rhododendron-covered shoot. The northern end of the South Haddix Trail exits on Haddix Rd. Follow Haddix Rd. back to the AHT. Turn left on the AHT and ride up Pheasant Mountain and drop into Montrose. -- Distance: 20 miles
The best place to start this ride is from the Porterwood Trailhead of the AHT north of Parsons. Head south on the AHT for 1 mile. Shingletree trailhead is on the opposite side of US 219. The trail climbs steeply at first and then levels off on a wonderful bench cut. At approximately 3 miles, the trail crosses a clearing at the end of Forest Service Rd. 933. The trail continues directly across the clearing; look for the blue blazes. Shingletree Trail at this point is on what is left of the railbed from an old narrow gauge rail line. At some points the old railroad ties can still be felt under the soil. At 3.5 miles the trail intersects FS 933 once again. Continue right on FS 933 for roughly 100 feet. The trail continues to your right, look for blue blazes. At mile 4, you reach the intersection of Shingletree and Clover Trail. Take Clover trail on the left until it intersects Clover Run Rd. Turn right. Shingletree Trail exits right 1 mile down the road. Shingletree Trail climbs steeply for 1 mile back to the intersection with Clover Trail. At this point continue down Shingletree back to you chosen starting point. -- Distance: 14 miles
Take Sycamore St. past Forest Service Building where it turns into Harpertown Rd. Stay on County Rt. 9 to Craven's Run Rd. This route starts with rolling hills, but at 2.8 miles becomes a steady climb up to Turkey Bone Ridge. At Turkey Bone Ridge, take a left at bus stop shelter and proceed downhill. At mile 5.6, the road changes to dirt/gravel. The road soon drops into the river valley and on to Cheat Bridge over the Shaver's Fork. -- Distance: 6.7 miles to Bridge -- Access: Sycamore Street
This route starts the same as Harpertown Rd./Cheat Bridge, however, when you get to the bridge, cross it, turn left and follow the road along the river about .5 miles. At mile 7.2, take a hard right on to County Rt. 6. Follow along the river and pass the Stuart Recreation Area sign. Turn right on Old Rt. 33, cross the river by the Cheat River Inn and go uphill to US 33 intersection. Turn right and follow US 33 to US 219 intersection (Kroger in Elkins). -- Distance: 20.2 miles -- Access: Sycamore St./Harpertown Rd
Start at the Highland Park terminus on the AHT. Proceed northeast towards Parsons. At approximately one mile turn off of the AHT on to the Gilman road (CR #1) and go right. Take Gilman Road until you reach the community of Harpertown. Turn left on to Cravens Run Road. Stay on Cravens Run Road until you come to a three way intersection. Take the center road downhill until you reach the Shavers Fork River and the concrete bridge. DO NOT cross the bridge. Turn left prior to the bridge and begin the steep 1 mile climb to the top of Bells Mountain. Once at the top be careful descending the back side as it is rutted and strewn with large rocks. The road eventually turns back to pavement as it passes a few farms and residences. At the intersection with US 219 go left and ride .75 miles to Gilman. Turn left on the AHT in Gilman and return to your starting point. -- Access: Highland Park Trailhead
Start at the Highland Park terminus on the AHT. Proceed northeast towards Parsons. At Gilman, turn left on US 219. Take next right on to Leading Creek Road. Continue on Leading Creek Road until it intersects Hartman Lane. Take a left on to Hartman Lane. Stay on Hartman Lane until you reach the next road going right, Israel Church Road. Stay on Israel Church Road until it intersects US 219. Cross US 219 on to Pleasant Mountain Road. Take the first right onto CR 3-4, which is a short gravel road. Take a right at the end of CR 3-4 on to Clifton Run Road. When you reach the T intersection with US 33, take a right. Cross US 219 and then turn left on to AHT. At this point follow the AHT back to the starting point. -- Access: Highland Park Trailhead
In downtown Elkins, go West on Wilson St., go uphill and turn left at stop sign onto Robert E. Lee St. Proceed past the Middle School, National Guard Armory, and cross the flood control dam. At mile 1.6, turn right on to Georgetown Rd. At mile 8.7, you will need to turn left to stay on Georgetown Rd. and then ride .5 mile to the town of Beverly. -- Distance: 9.1 miles to Beverly -- Access: Wilson St./Robert E. Lee St./ Georgetown Rd. (Rd. #21)
The rides described here are only a few of many possibilities. Secondary routes, represented by solid lines, are paved and are excellent for touring bikes. Dirt roads, represented by broken lines, are most appropriate for mountain bikes.
It is recommended that you get the Monongahela National Forest Map, or the appropriate topographical maps available from the Forest Service Headquarters on Sycamore Street in Elkins, across from Davis & Elkins College.
Want to add to the adventure? Check out geocaching in the Elkins area!