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Road Riding

Charleston Area Road Rides

Aarons Fork – Allens Fork Road Ride  - (pdf)
This 57-mile Class B ride has a little of everything: plenty of flat road, a few challenging hills and one of the nicest ridge roads in the area. There are stores at miles 16 and 50, so bring plenty of food and water. The ride starts at the K-Mart shopping center in Elkview, I-79 exit 9 10 miles north of Charleston.

AlumCreek/Griffitsville Ride Cue Sheet - (pdf)
A nice 45 or 25 mile ride loop ride out into Lincoln County. A lot of flat with a few good climbs. Prepared by Gene Teaney

Wally Rose Memorial Ride, a.k.a.Bear Fork Clockwise  - (pdf)
43 miles. Starts at Alum Creek Road (Off of Corridor G U.S. 119) - 214 intersection in Alum Creek. Turn list by Mary Shultz.

Twins Ride Turn Sheet: This another ride starting from Alum Creek. Originally starting at Wally Rose's house, the ride now usually starts from Alum Creek Church of the Nazarene, 1346 Childress Road (a.k.a. Route 214). The sheet starts out saying "Left on 214 South" but the church is on 214, so you turn right out of the parking lot. The mileage will be slightly less than two miles to Coal River Road; otherwise all the directions are the same.

Bickmore Ride - (pdf)
48 miles. Starts in Queen Shoals. Only 2,150 ft of climbing.. Submitted by Gene Teaney

"Bridge to Ridge" - Starting at the Putnam County courthouse, this challenging 58 mile course by Chris Gress is a popular ride with the Wheelers. Bridge to Ridge 58 mile turn sheet (pdf)

Brounland Ride - (pdf) - Map
43 miles. Start at Alum Creek Elementary School. See map and cue sheet for directions. Most of this ride is in Boone County. Map and Cue sheet by Gene Teaney.

"Little Left Hand"- approximately 54 miles, riding through northern Kanawha and southern Roane county, starting at the Elkview shopping center. Some serious climbs and great views. little_lefthand

Milton_Loop_Counterclockwise_from_Blenko This is a 48 mile loop starting from the street by the Blenko Glass factory, going through downtown Milton, under I-64, up on to Barker's Ridge, down to Fudge's Creek and back to Milton. Ride with GPS map and cue sheet in .pdf format.

Duck Century - (pdf)
25, 64 and 105 mile options. This ride up the Elk River is one of the flatest centuries you can do in West Virginia. Submitted by Chuck Peterson

Dutch Ridge - (pdf)
51 miles. Starts at the Crossings Mall, Ext. 9 on Interstate 79 north of Charleston. A lot of ridge riding and about 3,600 feet of climbing.

Hawks Nest Ride(pdf)
A challenging 52 mile ride from Smithers to Hawks Nest State Park.

Ravenswood - (pdf) Note: on the 45 mile route, for whatever reason the software generated incorrect turn information. At point 22.18 miles, turn LEFT onto County Road 28, etc. At points 24.65 miles and again at 25.59 miles, turn RIGHT both times for Bowmans Run Road. This was double checked on the ride itself in November 2016.
25 miles45 miles and 63 miles

Rick's Road Rides Cycling Map is an excellent map of suitable cycling roads in the Charleston, South Charleston, and St. Albans, West Virginia areas. This map is provided courtesy of Rick Lee of Rick Lee's Bike Stuff. It is a rather large PDF file, so it may take a while to download.

Sonia's Loop
Huntington - 60 miles, 48 miles and 40 miles.

Wolf Pen Cue Sheet

Big Otter - Servia Loop cue sheet by Doug Wayne. - 50 miles.

UPPER MUD RIVER cue sheet by Gallie Ward. Starting from Andrew Heights Elementary in Tornado.

Kelly's Creek and Various rides from Poca: typical Sunday morning rides, cue sheets by Gallie Ward. These start from the Poca library/middle school. Kelly's Creek from Poca 32.8 milesKelly's Creek ride from Poca 46 and 63 mile routes , HeizerCreek55-33-23miles (pdf)

New River Gorge: Approximately 28 miles, this is an easier ride starting from the New River Gorge visitor center. Cue sheets: New River Gorge (.docx) New River Gorge ride (.pdf)

Here are a couple of interesting documents from Dale Porter related to the above rides- lots of useful information here (.pdf format):

History

RideDescriptions

John Fleek prepared a terrific detailed listing of the hills around Charleston, you can see it here as a .docx which you can open with Word or a Text Edit program. hills of Charleston

The Mountain State Wheelers, its officers, or members make no guarantee of the safety of these rides.