The Brooklyn to Southside Junction Trail is easily the most popular mountain-bike trail within the park, and it's also a favorite with hikers and fishermen. Never more than 100 yards from the river, this six-mile trail follows an abandoned railroad line along the left bank of the New River below the town of Thurmond. The overall gradient of the trail is very mild, but the rocks, roots, and railroad ties require that the beginning biker pay close attention!

Bikers (and hikers) along this trail can view the New River and the gorge that the river has cut. You also pass by a number of pieces of New River history, including now-abandoned mining towns, foundations, railroad trestles, and coke ovens left from the days of "King Coal."

Near Cunard, you may hear the yells of some of the many whitewater rafters as they hit "Surprise" rapid—the first of the big whitewater on the lower gorge trips.

Trailheads for the Brooklyn to Southside Junction Trail are located on the Cunard River Access Road, or on State Route 25 near Thurmond. To reach the Cunard and Brooklyn Trailheads: From U.S. Route 19 at Fayetteville: Take WV Route 16 South.

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c/o New River Gorge National River, P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, West Virginia 25846

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