This 22-mile, out-and-back trail runs along smooth gravel and dirt. Like the Gauley Mountain Ride Trail, it begins along Forest Road 24. Follow the same directions as for the Gauley Trail, but about 1.4 miles in, turn left on FR 135, which begins as a wide gravel road. Here you'll pass some reclaimed strip mines. When you see the Forest Service Trails sign at 5.7 miles, turn left up the hill. Continue straight around the barrier at the Bannock Shoals/Boundary/Saddle Loop trailhead. Be careful at 9.5 miles because the trail detours around Bannock Shoals Run. Continue straight downhill, going through the Tea Creek Campground. Return the way you came.

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Review of Bannock Shoals Trail

Active and Adventure Review of Bannock Shoals Trail

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Cross-Country Skiing,Day Hiking,Mountain Biking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Slatyfork's Elk River Touring Center ( offers guided trips if you want a local expert to show you the best singletrack stashes of the forest. They also have cabins and inn-style rooms where you can shack up to get the most of your trip to what some people call the "Crested Butte of the East."
  • Pay a visit to Marlinton's Dirtbean Hale (, a coffee bar, bike shop, and outfitter all rolled into one mellow hangout. Marlinton is a 30-minute drive from Slatyfork on the route of the Greenbrier River Trail. There's more lodging here, too, than in tiny Slatyfork or more expensive Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Pocahontas County, WV
West Virginia

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