Miles 0 through 15

Blackwater Canyon Circle Loop


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Mile: 15.5   
Gentile Trail Overlook
From here you can get a good look
at the falls without leaving your bike.
There is a "no bikes allowed" sign but
I'm sure you can walk you bike out.
It's a very short trail.
Overlook platform with an informational
sign about the river.
The first picture is of the falls
taken on the same days as this ride
but the water was running pretty low.
Second picture is from a different day
when the falls were really going.
You can check the river flow before
visting by going to this USGS web site.
Mile: 16  RT 2:02
Blackwater Falls State Park Road
There is a scenic overlook right
here at mile 16.
Mile: 17   RT 2:07
Blackwater Falls State Park Road
Mile: 17.4
Pendleton Falls Overlook
Pendleton falls were also at a low flow
this day.
From this same overlook you can see
Posse Point. We last saw this from
mile 7.1 while coming up the Blackwater
Canyon Trail.
Mile: 17.9
Some warning signs about the road from
this point on. Not to worry. We're on
a bike.
Mile: 18  RT 2:13
Road to Lindy Point
Mile: 18:8 
Trailhead for Lindy Point
There is a small parking lot at the
trailhead for Lindy Point. The trail
out is bikeable most of it's length.
You'll have to walk it at the end.
Mile: 19  RT 2:19
Trail out to Lindy Point Overlook
Mile: 19.3
Lindy Point Overlook
There's a panoramic view here.
Mile: 19.7
We're back on the road. The pavement
ends at the edge of the trailhead
parking lot and Forest Road 13 begins
at this point. It is a gravel road it's
entire length and also known as the
Canaan Loop Road. I have another bike
ride that also uses this road called the
Canaan Loop Road Ride.
Mile: 19.9
Lindy Run
The first of two stream crossings.
These pictures are from two different
dates. Water levels vary.
Mile: 20   RT 2:33
Forest Road 13
Mile: 21  RT 2:41
Forest Road 13
Mile: 21.3
Next to the road are several fire
rings. This seems to be a favorite
camping spot. No doubt because of
the great view just the other side
of the trees.
Mile: 21.7
The second stream crossing.
Just past the stream crossing is the
roughest stretch of the road. It's just
exposed bedrock. Could really damage a
vehicle.
Be prepared for some muddy sections.
The mud puddles, which can get quite
large, never seem to comletely dry out.
Even if it hasn't rained in a while.
Mile: 22  RT 2:52
Forest Road 13
Mile: 23  RT 3:02
Forest Road 13
Mile: 24  RT 3:08
Forest Road 13
The Forest Road is better maintained
from this point on until it's end at
Canaan Heights.
Mile: 25  RT 3:15
Forest Road 13
We have now started downhill. It will
be almost all downhill for the next
five miles until we hit State Route 72.
Mile: 26  RT 3:19
Forest Road 13
Mile: 26.3
Intersection with Forest Road 244
We turn right onto Forest Road 244 and
continue downhill. The wooden trail
signs haven't been vandalized. They
are tore up because bears like chewing
on them.
Mile: 26.4
Gate across Forest Road 244
Easy enough to bike around but be
careful. The land drops away fairly
quickly from the side of the road.
Mile: 27  RT 3:25
Forest Road 244
Wooden Bridge
Looks like something has been chewing
on the bridge. Something BIG!
Mile: 28  RT 3:31
Forest Road 244
Mile: 29   RT 3:39
Forest Road 244
Mile: 30  RT 3:44
Forest Road 244
We have reached the end of FR 244.
Get on to State Route 72 and go right.
Mile: 31  RT 3:52
State Route 72
Mile: 32  RT 3:55
State Route 72
Off to the left is the Dry Fork River.
It will join up with the Blackwater
River at Hendricks to create the Black
Fork River.
Mile: 33  RT 4:02
State Route 72
Just at the Hendricks city limits.
Looking up the Blackwater Canyon from
Hendricks
Blackwater River Bridge in Hendricks
About to again cross over the Blackwater
River.
Looking up the river you can see the
Western Maryland Railroad Bridge. It
was for a short spur line.
The West Virginia Central and Pittsburg
Railway which built the original line
through the canyon was sold in 1902. It
later became part of the Western
Maryland Railroad.
Mile: 34   RT 4:07
State Route 72
We are now back where we started the
Blackwater Canyon Circle Loop.
Just coming from the opposite direction.
All done.

Miles 0 through 15

Blackwater Canyon Circle Loop



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