Some towns seem straight out of a storybook, and Lewisburg, a rural Greenbrier Valley community surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, is one of them. Discover award-winning restaurants, galleries, antique shops and trendy boutiques in the charming downtown. In 2011, Lewisburg was even named “America's Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel magazine. With seemingly endless miles of roads spreading out in every direction, the cyclist-friendly town should definitely be on your list.
What Makes It Great
Lewisburg is home to a thriving group cycling scene, most notably the Greenbrier Valley Bicycle Club (GVBC). Its members organize rides throughout the region.
Most rides begin in the central location of downtown Lewisburg and branch out in every direction, which allows for several loop options. There are no bike lanes on the roads, but an active group of locals are working to improve access for riders, and there are so many route options; you can head out towards towards the Greenbrier Valley Airport, Anthony Creek, Williamsburg and Blue Bend regions just north of town, and then have your choice of return routes. A great choice is Route 60, a meandering road surrounded by quaint farmland and thick forests.
If you are really looking for an adventure, continue north on Route 219 towards the mountain towns of Marlinton and Snowshoe. This rural area is known for its skiing, so you will find some steep climbs here. If you would rather pedal through the quiet country, check out Monroe County and the town of Alderson, just south of Lewisburg.
The Greenbrier River Trail is the perfect place for beginners to get acclimated to their surroundings. This 78-mile rail trail operated by the West Virginia State Park system has a packed, crusher-run surface coupled with a mere 1% grade. Enjoy the lovely views as you glide along next to the trail's namesake, the Greenbrier River.
If you want to stay for a weekend, the historic General Lewis Inn is downtown, and several hotels are just off of I-64. The most upscale and renowned option is The Greenbrier, an award-winning luxury resort.
Who is Going to Love It
There is so much variety in Greenbrier Valley, from level farmland to cozy small towns to mountainous climbs, all of which make this region a cyclist's paradise. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned cyclist, you will not be disappointed.
GVBC has group rides every Wednesday during the summer, usually on the route toward the airport. Though this section does have challenges, it is a great intermediate ride. The club also has an annual bike ride with lengths ranging from 19 miles to 107 miles. For a more leisurely ride, the Greenbrier River Trail and its steady terrain are just for you.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Normal rules of the road apply when you are cycling around Lewisburg. There is plenty of street parking and some lot space in downtown Lewisburg.