The Greenbrier River Trail is a 79-mile-long rail-to-trail conversion in Eastern West Virginia. The former C&O railroad right-of-way winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Greenbrier River Valley in Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties. Directly adjacent to the beautiful Greenbrier River, the packed-gravel trail passes through the Monongahela National Forest, Cass, Watoga, and Droop Mountain State Parks, and Greenbrier and Seneca State Forests and is surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains. The state-maintained trail takes bicyclists and hikers through quaint small towns and traverses 35 bridges and two tunnels.

The trail is level throughout, and the surface is generally hard packed, but varies from rough to fine gravel. Bicycles with large tires are recommended. Cross-country skiers will require at least six inches of snow to avoid damage from protruding gravel.

Restroom facilities and approved drinking water sources have been developed along the trail. New interpretive signs teach visitors about the natural and human history of the area. Several "primitive" camping sites are near or adjacent to the trail.

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Review of Greenbrier River Trail

Active and Adventure Review of Greenbrier River Trail

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Cross-Country Skiing,Day Hiking,Mountain Biking,Road Biking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Slatyfork's Elk River Touring Center offers shuttle services to various points along the Greenbier River Trail.

Pocahontas & Greenbrier Counties, WV
West Virginia

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