Jackson County is located on the western edge of West Virginia. Ripley, the county seat has a population of 3,254 (2011). Ravenswood on the Ohio River has a population of 3,873 (2011). The aluminum plant in Ravenswood is the largest private employer in the county. It provides aluminum products for the aircraft industry.
- Population: 29,126 (2014 Est.)
- Pop. Per Sq. Mile: 160.5
Jackson County Rides
Jackson, Wirt, and Roane Counties provide a couple of the flatter loop rides in WV with climbing averaging less than 40 feet per mile. You can also find your more typical WV rides with climbing per mile in excess of 60 feet per mile.
- Jim Ridge, 43.8 Miles, Rating: 3.6
- Kenna Loop, 27.7 Miles, Rating: 2.4
- Sandyville - Palestine Loop, 46.8 Miles, Rating: 3.2
- Turkey Fork Loop, - 45.8 Miles, Rating: 3.2
- Elizabeth Loop, - 55.9 Miles, Rating: 4.0
A little about the county.
Jackson County, located in the west central part of West Virginia produces lumber, petroleum, poultry and dairy products. It was formed from Wood and Jackson Counties in 1848 and named for noted author, orator and lawyer William Wirt. The Palestine State Fish Hatchery produces four million bass each year. Elizabeth, chartered in 1822, is the county seat and was named in honor of Elizabeth Beauchamp, wife of a prominent early settler. The Oil and Gas Museum is located along State Route 5 at Burning Springs, which was one of the first major oil strikes in the United States.
A couple of the ride options go by Burning Springs. In1863, confederate raiders struck the community, burning 150,000 barrels of oil. It was said the Little Kanawha River was in flames to Parkersburg. The raid on Burning Springs was part of a large operation known as the Jones-Imboden Raid.
The Palestine Fish Hatchery, is the state's major warm water fish hatchery.
The listing of routes on this site is not a guarantee of the safety of the route. Cycling has inherent risks and riders skills vary. Traffic conditions vary by time of day, season and local events. Road conditions can vary and change and may change dramatically over one winter season. Riders need to ride within their capabilities and be alert for road hazards and traffic at all times.
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