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. A Ride with GPS course is available here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20767294
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.
"Bridge to Ridge" - Starting at the Putnam County courthouse in Winfield, this challenging 58 mile course by Chris Gress is a popular ride with the Wheelers. Bridge to Ridge 58 mile turn sheet (pdf)
A Ride with GPS course for the long (59.5 mile) course is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20187198
A shorter version of Bridge to Ridge, 38 miles long, is available here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20187257
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. A Ride with GPS course is available here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29987259
"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. There are a few variations on this one, here's the classic 54 mile counter-clockwise loop: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9203252
Here's an easier 29 mile figure 8 loop: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9203031
And here's one that splits the difference, a 45 mile loop with the Cotton Tree road shortcut: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29987212
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.
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 miles, 45 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.
Big Otter - Servia Loop cue sheet by Doug Wayne. - 50 miles. NOTE: the store at Duck is CLOSED (as of September 2018) , so following this loop as directed will result in no stores except the very beginning and the end.
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 miles , Kelly's Creek ride from Poca 46 and 63 mile routes , HeizerCreek55-33-23miles (pdf)
Here are a couple of interesting documents from Dale Porter related to the above rides- lots of useful information here (.pdf format):
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