Showcasing the best trails that the Tea Creek Trail System has to offer, Gauley Headwaters in Slatyfork, designated an IMBA EPIC, is a challenging scenic backcountry ride on the Monongahela National Forest (“the Mon” in local-speak). You have to give more effort than you thought on the Tea Creek Mountain descent that drops you into the Tea Creek Campground.
Then get ready for more shady, rocky and mossier singletrack en route to the headwaters of Tea Creek. And just when you think the fun is over, you’ll be rewarded with smooth sailing on downhill doubletrack, which makes sure there is no energy left inside you after the ride except for a big smile!
For the best experience on this mountain biking adventure, you should ride between July and October when the leaves celebrate a rainbow color party.
The ride contains a bunch of rocky and hilly sections. The most challenging section is definitely the phenomenal Tea Creek Mountain descent which is considered to be the tightest downhill in Pocahontas County.
The ride starts from the Mine Rd base trailhead.
Food and drink
Drinking water is available at Tea Creek Campground, and Elk River Inn and Restaurant is located right at the finish point.
Starting with a climb up Mine Road 219/1 to Tea Creek Trail, the track passes the shelter before crossing over on Gauley Mtn. – Tea Creek Connector to Gauley Mountain Trail. Then it turns onto Red Run Trail followed by a climb up Right Fork Tea Creek Trail that eventually ends up at the top of Tea Creek Mountain Trail. Past the rock garden is a long downhill. There is a new bridge on Williams River Trail to get across Tea Creek.
You can refill your water at Tea Creek Campground and then head to Bannock Shoals Trail. Climb up Saddle Loop Trail and Turkey Point Trail to Boundary Trail. Next, ride Bear Pen Ridge Trail which connects Gauley Mountain Trail. You’ll be on a doubletrack again on Mine Road 219/1 up to Props Run Trail. Finally, the ride finishes with a descent on Props Run Trail which brings you down to Elk River Inn and Restaurant.
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