Snowshoe by bike
The best bicycle adventures and cycling vacations in Snowshoe
With the first gravity bike park in America's eastern States, Snowshoe has a long history of downhill and trail riding. The early days saw NORBA races, bus shuttles on the Western Territory and 24 Hours of Snowshoe action, all of which set the stage for today. The gnar is still here, but flow trails, jump lines and long green trails have been added to suit all types of riders. The backcountry trails are some of the best in the region and have seen the USAC Colligate Nationals and WVMBA Enduro series races. Get out and ride and see why many top Pro riders cut their teeth here.
In August 2019 Snowshoe received accreditation as an IMBA Ride Center, in recognition of its great mountain bike experiences.
Not far from Snowshoe are the other great mountain bike regions of Slatyfork and Kennison Mountain:
Slatyfork / Tea Creek Gauley Headwaters
A storied history of mountain biking: early Fat Tire Festivals, Wild 100 and WVMBA Ultra Races and the Slatyfork Enduro. This area is old school with hand-cut trails, old rail beds and skid grades, roots, technical rock gardens, steep climbs and descents. Hardwood and Spruce forests, moss-covered rocks, Rhododendron tunnels, creeks, and scenic vistas this is some of the best riding in West Virginia. For the more technical riding don’t miss Tea Creek Mountain, Red Run and Turkey Point.
From the gentle grades of Cow Pasture and the trails around the Cranberry Glades to the steeps of Kennision Mountain Trail to miles of gated gravel the Kennison Mountain area is a mountain-biking dream. With miles of moderate to technical rides, easy beginner trails, bike packing along trout streams there is lots to choose from and days of quality riding in dense remote forest. The Visitor Center, the parking at the top of Kennison Mountain and the Glades road are all great places to start your adventure.
Photo Credit: Hero Image from Pocahontas County West Virginia; also credits to Kurt Schachner
When to go
Generally, the best time to visit Snowshoe is in the summer. However, the weather can be unpredictable even at this time of year. The mountain bike resort is located at a high point on the East Coast and storms can appear any day. In early September, the area also experiences monsoon-like downpours, which results in minimal traction and treacherous terrain for your riding experience. To handle this issue, wide-open grass corners on the ski slope have been used to make tires hold better on wet and slippery rocks as well as messy mud bogs.
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Snowshoe Resort has been hosting national and international level mountain bike events and races for over 20 years by way of NORBA and PRO GRT Races. In 2017 and 2018, it hosted the USA National Championship races testing biking adventurers from every corner of the country with its unique terrain. In 2019, Snowshoe will host the Final Round of the 2019 Mountain Bike World Cup.