Fun Places To Bike In West Virginia

The Spruce Knob Lake Campground - Sinks Of Gandy Loop is a bike loop that first takes you along, over, down and up Allegheny Mountain and then to the Sinks of Gandy where you can see Gandy Creek disappear underground. You can actually follow it underground but that's not part of this ride. This bike loop is 25 miles long, has a maximum elevation change of over 1300 feet and even comes with it's own swimmin' hole. The ride surface is Forest Road, gravel road, dual track and non-technical single track. Allegheny Mountain is part of the Allegheny Mountain Range and lies within the Spruce Knob - Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area section of the Monongahela National Forest. I do have to warn you that there is a quarter mile long section where the trail is lined on both sides by stinging nettles. There is no way to avoid them. Just remember if you don't scratch, it will stop itching faster. It is a nuisance but the ride is still worth it.

The ride begins at the entrance to the Spruce Knob Lake Campground (the highest campground in the state). Get on Forest Road 1 and head east until you get to the trailhead for the Allegheny Mountain Trail (AMT). Go north on the AMT as it runs along the eastern edge of Allegheny Mountain. As you bike on the AMT look to your right and you might get a glimps of Spruce Knob through the trees. Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at 4863 feet. The first few miles of the AMT is somethimes used by authorized vehicles so it begins as dual track. After seven miles turn off the AMT onto the single track Spring Ridge Trail. This will take you across Allegheny Mountain and down into the Gandy Creek valley. Near mile 10 is when you hit the aforementioned nettle patch. At the end of Spring Ridge Trail you turn left onto Whitmer Road/Co Road 29. This gravel road parallels Gandy Creek for the next 10 miles as it passes through the Gandy Creek Dispersed Camping Area. This is a popular area for anglers and hikers. Stay on the road until it ends at the intersection with Forest Road 1 and Glady-Oceola Road. Go out Glady-Oceola Road to the Sinks Of Gandy. The Sinks sit on private land so there are no signs but it's easy to find. After visiting the Sinks backtrack on Glady-Oceola Road to the intersection with Forest Road 1. Head up Forest Road 1 which takes you past Spruce Knob Lake (the highest lake in the state) and then back to the beginning of the loop at the campground entrance.

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Fun Places To Bike In West Virginia
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Last updated 2/7/2008