Mountain Biking — Cranberry Backcountry

Bike on River Trail


Soon to be wilderness – 11,000 acres of the Cranberry Backcountry to the north/east of the river rd. – no Mountain Biking. Cranberry Backcountry (26,000 acres) has 60 miles of trails and roads. Both single track (mostly advanced to extreem) and road riding are available, with potential for overnight stays in shelters along the Cranberry rd (FR 102). A lot of good loops exist through rugged mountains with streams, waterfalls, hardwood forests and spruce forests on the peaks of the mountains. Trail Map Link (some of the backcountry trails are included on the Highlands Conservancy Cranberry Wilderness Maps).

Directions from Morgantown

From I-79, take exit #57 and follow US 19 south to WV 55 east. Follow WV 55 East to Richwood. To get to the western access, go north on FR 76 to access trails and roads near Big Rock, Bishop Knob and Cranberry Campgrounds. Continue from Richwood east on 55 to trailheads at Summit Lake and along the left side of the road (trails and FR 232). FR 102 is accessed from Cranberry Glades.

Th4. ravel Time:

3 hr


Backpacking, Camping (usfs- Tea Creek, Cranberry, Bishop Knob, Big Rock, and Summit Lake Campgrounds), Hiking, Sight Seeing (waterfall, overlooks), Swimming Holes, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking(backcountry only)


One mile east of Richwood on Rt 39/55

Gauley Ranger District. 932 North Fork Cherry Road. Richwood, WV 26261


304-846-2695 (Voice & TDD), 304-636-1800 – Mon. National Forest

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