Did you know our region has some incredible biking trails? Biking is a wonderful, healthy hobby and we have some fantastic options for cyclists to get out and enjoy the beauty of West Virginia with paved paths, mountain biking, and more. Now is the perfect time of year to take advantage of them. Check out our favorite West Virginia biking trails and don’t miss our tips for a successful outing!
I know for some of us, we remember just jumping on our old banana-seat bike and hitting the road without much thought. Times have changed! Some basic safety rules and laws for West Virginia cyclists:
- All traffic laws apply if you are on the road with cars.
- Children under the age of 14 are required to wear a helmet – if your child is 15 or older they can go without, however – please ride with your helmets! Better safe than sorry.
- If you think your ride may last into the evening, West Virginia requires your bike to be equipped with a light on the front, and a reflector on the back.
- You can’t put your kid or a friend on the front of your handlebars, grab a car fender and hitch a ride, or other crazy 1970’s stuff we used to get away with. Be smart!
Local Biking Resources
If your bike needs a little TLC or even a complete overhaul, Martinsburg happens to be home to one of the best bike pro shops in the country. Eastern Panhandle Bicycle has everything you need to outfit yourself with a new bike, new equipment, or they can fix what you have and make it road- or trail-ready.
Another great bike shop we recommend is Shepherdstown Peddle & Paddle. They are a “full-service bike, kayak, and canoe shop.” Here you can rent, repair, buy (new or used) and even book guided bike tours. Shepherdstown Peddle & Paddle also rent kid’s bike trailers. They’re local experts and a great group to get insider tips from.
The non-profit Panhandle Pedalers Cycling Club is a local biking advocacy group located in Charles Town. They offer weekly rides, scheduled events, and advocate for bicycling activities throughout the panhandle.
Michelle’s Favorite West Virginia Biking Trails
The Route 9 Pathway – This 8.1-mile paved, point-to-point trail is great for all skill levels and takes you from Martinsburg to Bardane. You will share the trail with walkers and runners, so be aware of your surroundings. The trail is in its peak season right now, so get out and enjoy!
The Winchester Green Circle Trail is a 12.5-mile loop trail is good for all skill levels and offers several activity options. It even features a lake! This moderately-traveled loop trail isn’t quite completed yet, but the ride is definitely worth it. So pretty!
The Hite Park Trail in James Hite Park is a great stop for a quick ride. The two-mile loop on crushed gravel is easy and a great way to introduce your children to cycling.
For a longer journey, the C&O Canal Towpath is a long route you can take in chunks when you have time. Pick a section and plan for a day. One section you can try that won’t keep you out all day is the Towpath Detour – a 4.8 mile paved stretch of the trail that will challenge you (but not too much!)
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