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Mountain Biking in Snowshoe – Downhill Fun!

By on April 3, 2018

snowshoe wv mountain bikingSnowshoe Mountain Biking Park is at the top of its class, offering almost 40 trails, with a total of 1,500 feet of descent among them. Miles of gutsy downhill slopes or smoother, rolling hills are all found in the park. One can choose to take a predominately downhill, or a more cross-country route; it’s up to the rider. Navigate your own ideal mountain biking experience.

The idea of flying down mountain trails may seem daunting to a beginner. For such riders, the park offers guided tours, or private bike lessons, to warm one up to the sport. Experience level is not a factor at Snowshoe; everyone is confident and having a blast by the end of the day!

snowshoe wv mountain bikingRegardless of skill level- seasoned mountain biker, intermediate hobbyist, or thrill-seeker looking for a fun challenge- Snowshoe WV is home to one park that has everything one could look for. Take in the beauty of Pocahontas County from some of its most exciting downhill slopes.

Summer in Snowshoe is one of the most magnificent scenes any artist could portray. Clear mountain air, a beautiful lake, pine trees and prairie grass all meet up to form a breathtaking backdrop for your mountain biking experience, and the well-kept dirt trails add a rugged and athletic touch to its natural beauty.

Mountain Biking is Affordable at Snowshoe WV

snowshoe wv mountain bikingThe rush of mountain biking is affordable and easy in Snowshoe WV. You don’t have to be a mountain bike owner to be a mountain biker! One adult can hit the trail and ride all day on a professional downhill bike for only $149, and bring a child along for just another $59. Bike gear is available to rent for the day, maximizing your ride. Exciting hours of intense, athletic fun doesn’t have to hurt your wallet!

For more information on mountain biking in Snowshoe WV, visit the park’s website. For trail-side lodging at affordable pricing, visit Mountaintop Condos for great deals.

Beartown State Park

Why You’ll Want to Visit Beartown State Park

By on April 10, 2017

Beartown State ParkBeartown State Park, located near Snowshoe WV, contains 107 acres of natural area on Droop Mountain’s eastern summit. The main objective of the park is to preserve nature and not to over-develop the region. A boardwalk provides visitors easy access to the area. Visitors are able to walk along the boardwalk to view the various rock formations throughout the park. Basic facilities are available for the visitors’ convenience. Signs included on the boardwalk guide people through the area’s points of interest.




This park is open each day from April through October. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing and swimming in Benedict Pond during the warm months. In addition, they can traverse the trails to see the various wildlife species in the park that include such animals as bobcats, deer and black bears. There also is a wide assortment of wildflowers, shrubs and other plants to behold.




This park closes for the winter season. However, you can still walk on the boardwalk throughout the cold, winter months. In addition, visitors can traverse through the wilderness areas using snowshoes, skis and other snow gear. Regardless of the season, the park is free to enter.

Why the Name Beartown?

The local residents named this park Beartown because of the many openings in the rock formations, which bears may use as winter dens for hibernation. In addition to these cave-like openings, there are narrow, deep crevasses that create a crisscross pattern similar to streets in a city.




Park is Famous for Unique Rock Formations

Beartown State ParkBeartown State Park is famous for its unique rock formations made up of droop sandstone. This stone came about during the Pennsylvanian Age. Overhanging cliffs, deep crevasses and massive boulders await visitors of this park. Vegetation amazingly grows in the cracks of these rock formations. Snow and ice remain into late summer some years in the deeper crevasses.




This park is full of natural beauty and nature lovers everywhere should take advantage of the chance to explore this interesting park. People make return visits to this park and find something new each time they visit. It is one of our favorite places to enjoy nature. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes with traction as some places become slippery when wet. Come see it for yourself today!

The Monongahela National Forest, a Rugged Beauty

By on November 7, 2013

Monongahela-National-ForestThe Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is a national treasure everyone should experience at least once in their lifetimes, particularly if you are visiting nearby Snowshoe WV. Located on the eastern border of the state of West Virginia in the Allegheny Mountain Range, it is 1,439 square miles of natural paradise. The Monongahela National Forest has over 800 miles gorgeous trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, nearly 600 miles of trout streams, picnic areas, 2 observation towers, 2 visitor centers, plenty of places for tent camping and charming, rustic cabins for visitors as well. With abundant wildlife, rugged mountain vistas, shady forest streams and hundreds of miles of natural beauty, it’s well worth a visit.
 
If you like hiking, the Monongahela National Forest has trails for all levels of experience and ability for you to enjoy. One good hiking area is the Blackwater Canyon. Located in the Blackwater Falls State park and part of the larger National Forest, it has many great trails for hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing and has a bike path across the center of the canyon as well. Another is the North Fork Mountain. It has an approximately 22 mile trail along the ridge of the mountain with breathtaking views of the German Valley and mountain ridges beyond. There is also the famous Dolly Sods Wilderness, which can be seen from the North Fork Mountain, and is another wonderful place to explore. It has a few trails for hikers to use, but its lush, scenic beauty is great of off trail backpacking.
 
Monongahela-National-ForestThe Monongahela National Forest has a variety of camping options for visitors, too. There are places for RV camping, campground camping, dispersed and group camping, but best of all there are cabin rentals available. The Middle Mountain Cabins are charming, rustic wood cabins on an open grassy area near a small pond. It’s an idyllic way to spend a week out in the wild. Be sure to make reservations early for any camping plans you may have, as the campgrounds fill up fast.
 
While you enjoy the rough beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, with all its forests, rivers, and wildlife, remember to tread lightly and pack out what you bring in. As they say, “Take only pictures and leave only memories.” The Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is a treasure that belongs to us all, so it’s up to us to maintain its pristine splendor.