Mountwood Park - Mountain Biking

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Home to the Challenge at Mountwood (the longest-running WV bike race), this park’s singletrack series of trails has great flow, and is fun for all levels of mountain bikers.

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Michelle Dolin

Distance

30.0 miles

There are 24 trails that total almost 30 miles of singletrack. You can make a variety of loops with these trails, so you can find something as long or short as you’d like.

Destination Distance From Downtown

64.3 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Mountwood Park is not technically difficult, but does have challenging ascents and fast descents. There are also roots and exposed rocks on some of the trails.

Time To Complete

1 hours

There are 24 trails that total almost 30 miles, so it’s possible to spend just an hour or a whole weekend riding. Depending on the direction you are riding (ascents or descents) and which trails you take, your ride time will vary.

Seasonality

All Seasons

The park is open year-round and is known for great early-spring riding because the well-maintained trails are built to withstand the rain.

Dog Friendly

Yes

At Mountwood Park, there is a fenced-in dog area that is nicely maintained. The dog area is within a mile of the marina, and has parking and restroom facilities.

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Mountwood Park is east of Parkersburg, WV, and has 30 miles of singletrack, built and maintained by the River Valley Mountain Bike Association (RVMBA). They keep the trails at the park to International Mountain Bicycling Association standards. Mountwood is also home to the longest-running race in the WV Mountain Bike Association Points Series: the Challenge at Mountwood. The trails are open year round and are very well marked. Because the trails are also well maintained, this is a great destination for early season spring riding because they can handle the rain better than most. There are maps at the administration building and the visitor’s center.

What Makes It Great

The singletrack trails at Mountwood Park aren’t overly technical, but flow very well, and are maintained consistently throughout the year. The RVMBA has worked diligently to upkeep the base of rocks and logovers. The trails wind around Mountwood’s 50-acre lake and have tight turns, bridges, switchback climbs, ridge-riding, and fast descents. The ascents can be very challenging depending on the direction you are riding, but they are worth the effort. There are several loops of various lengths.

If you are riding at Mountwood, the 1.2-mile Copperhead Trail is a must do. Other popular trails are Haystack (1.7 miles), Savanna Around the Moon (a .5-mile trail that is part of the 2.5-mile Trip to the Moon), and Dark Side of the Moon (1.4 miles). There are roots and exposed rocks on some of the trails, so keep an eye out.

Because this is a well-known series of loops, you will most likely pass other mountain bikers along the trail, and even the occasional hiker.

Who is Going to Love It

People who love well-kept singletrack should definitely plan a visit. Although it’s not super technical, the trail along the hillside gives you a good workout with some beautiful scenery. If you find yourself in a group of riders with varying levels of experience, there is something for all of you to try, from casual cyclists to pro-level riders.

There are so many trail combinations here that you can spend multiple days biking. Check out camping at Mountwood and make a weekend of it.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Mountwood Park is at 1014 Volcano Road, in Waverly WV, which is 12 miles east of Parkersburg on US Route 50. From Jct I-77 & US 50, go 14 miles east on US Route 50, then north on Borland Springs Road. Then follow the signs.

When you enter the park, use the marina parking lot. From there, Copperhead is across the road and Haystack is a short ride up the hill.

You can camp at the park from April 1 to Oct. 31. Call 304-679-3610 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to make reservations. Tent camping is allowed, but there are also RV sites that include full hook-up.

The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

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Location

Mountwood Park

1014 Volcano Rd
Waverly, WV, 26184
39.25012, -81.30547

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