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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.

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.