Big Bear Lake Trail Center is becoming a mountain bike epicenter for enduro-riders, racers, and anyone looking for a rush. With almost 50 miles of singletrack, you'll come across plenty of rock gardens, boulders, logs, and epic descents, while still enjoying a long, gradual climb with a rewarding view at the top of the pine forest. What’s great is that there are also some fast, smooth trails that are great for all skill levels. Spend an afternoon exploring the well-maintained trail system, or take the plunge and sign up for one of the renowned bike races.
What Makes It Great
Big Bear Lake Trail Center is one of the best places in the region to get a taste of everything West Virginia has to offer in terms of trail features. From boulder drops and embedded rock gardens to challenging climbs and white-knuckling descents, this trail system is perfect for any rider with a bit of skill and a lot of heart.
With almost 50 miles of trails, you’ll have plenty to explore, but if you’re looking for something a bit more moderate in distance, try the Race Loop (about 13 miles) or the Cross Country Loop (about 20 miles). These rides will still give you a taste of the Bear without exhausting you beyond the point of having a great time.
Be sure to pace yourself, because some of these trails get very technical. If you find yourself in over your head, there is a gentler inner loop, but overall this park is a great intermediate-to-advanced trail network with lots of fast, swooping sections and plenty of rocks to keep it interesting.
If you camp at Big Bear Lake campgrounds, you’ll have the chance to ride it all and still enjoy some R&R.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone who can pedal a bike and doesn’t mind getting out of the saddle every once in a while to climb or descend tricky terrain will appreciate Big Bear Lake. There’s a little bit of everything, so climbers, jumpers, lovers of rock gardens, riders of big drops, and enduro-racers will enjoy Big Bear’s trail system. More advanced riders will be able to appreciate more of the park, since some trails are very challenging, but the majority of the park is great for less experienced riders, too.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Take Exit 29 for Hazleton off I-68 in West Virginia and head south for about 3 miles. There will be maps at the entrance, and parking is easy to find.
Dogs are allowed at this private park, and you can camp in tents, RVs, or cabins.