Bicycling

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Mountain Biking

Mountain bikes are currently permitted on most National Forest roads and trails on the Monongahela National Forest except in designated Wildernesses and in a few special areas such as the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area. 

However, few trails have been constructed or maintained specifically to accommodate bicycles. Please click the Mountain Biking link for suggested areas and further information

Highlighted Areas

The Cranberry River Area 

West of the Cranberry Wilderness, this area is gated to exclude public motorized travel, but has a road system suitable for bikes. Mountain bikes are not allowed east or north of Forest Road 76. Cowpasture Trail is a 6 mile trail that surrounds Cranberry Glades Botanical Area.

Gauley Mountain Area 

Near Slatyfork, West Virginia, contains State Route 219/1. Forest Road 24, and many miles of other roads and trails (some maintained for biking by a permit) provide good biking opportunities.

Glady-Durbin-Middle Mountain Area

North of Durbin, West Virginia: The West Fork Trail #312 (former railroad grade from Durbin to Glady), Forest Road 44 (Glady Durbin Road), and numerous Forest Service and gas well access roads on Middle Mountain permit many miles of biking. 

Upper Shavers Fork Area

West of Durbin, West Virginia lays an extensive system of logging and mining roads on 40,000 acres recently purchased in the upper Shavers Fork drainage south of US 250 provides miles of bikable routes, many behind gates. 

Electric Bicycles

Monongahela National Forest does not permit the use of electric bikes on trails designated for bicycle use.

Also known as "e-bikes," electric bicycles are bikes with attached motors. These can include pedal assist and throttle twist varieties. Under the USDA Forest Service Travel Management Rule, bicycles with motors, such as e-bikes, are considered motor vehicles. Therefore, e-bikes are only allowed on National Forest System roads and trails designated for motorized use. Monongahela National Forest does not have any trails, roads or areas designated for Off Highway motorized vehicle use, including the use of e-bikes.

The Travel Management Rule defines “motor vehicle” as “any vehicle that is self-propelled, other than (1) a vehicle operated on rails; and (2) any wheelchair or mobility device, including one that is battery-powered, that is designed solely for use by a mobility-impaired person for locomotion, and that is suitable for use in an indoor pedestrian area.” 36 CFR 212.1.  

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities