West Virginia has been rated as one of the top five mountain biking destinations in the United States by Mountain Biking magazine. You can explore the banks of Summersville Lake on its network of trails, ride through the Monongahela National Forest or try the new Cranberry/Tri-Rivers Rail Trail in Richwood. Many outfitters offer guided tours that range from beginning riders to more advanced terrain.
This trail is located just southwest of Summersville with access from Rt. 19. This trail runs along the water and through a wooded area near Battle Run Campground. There are many spots for a picnic along the way. The trail is approximately 3.18 miles.
Long Point Trail
This trail is located just South of Summersville with easy access from Rt. 19 and leads through a forest of hardwoods where there are many opportunities to see turkey and deer. There are also many rhododendrons. The trail ends at a tall cliff overlooking Summersville Lake. This view is one of the most breathtaking any time of the year. The trail is moderate and is approximately 1.96 miles.
With 3 miles of trail under a canopy of mature trees, this trail is an easy walk. Along the trail, there are picnic facilities at the Jones Hole area. Muddlety Creek runs alongside the trail. Bridges make water crossing very easy, and there are numerous opportunities to see wildlife and beautiful wild orchids. Several historic sites are found along the trail, including the Starbuck Textile Mill and Campbell Power Plant. The entrance to this trail is on Rt. 39, a short distance off Rt. 19.
Located just south of Summersville and easily accessible from Rt. 19, Salmon Run is well-maintained and passes through fields and forest areas. Along the way, there is a rock wall, wooden bridge, an old cemetery and several old homesteads. The trail is approximately 2.15 miles and ends at beautiful Summersville Lake.
CARNIFEX FERRY TRAILS
Old Carnifex Ferry Road Trail
This trail is approximately 0.18 miles and traces the Confederate line of retreat during the Civil War. Hikers can continue on a trail into the Gauley River National Recreational Area for an additional 1.17 miles.
This trail is approximately 2 miles and loops around Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Visitors can enjoy views of the Gauley River and more Civil War history.
Pierson Hollow Trail
This is a short trail that heads a little deeper into the forest area. There are many rock formations along this 0.42-mile trail. The area along this trail is known for a “friendly fire” incident among units of the Union army during the Civil War.
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You can visit us at the Summersville CVB Visitor's Center at 3 Armory Way in Summersville or call us at 304-872-3722 for more information. You can also download our 2021 VISITOR'S GUIDE here!