Pocahontas County is a well known destination for the outdoor enthusiast with a wide variety of recreational activities. The road riding opportunities are outstanding in this county. What I consider the best cycling road in the state, Pocahontas Co. #1 runs for 33 miles from Durban to Edray. Marlinton, the county seat, offers dining and lodging facilities.
- Population: 8,662 (2014 Est.)
- Pop. Per Sq.: 9.3
Pocahontas County Rides
The annual MS 150 bicycle ride is a great way to get introduced to riding in the county on a supported ride.
- Cass Loop, Length: 36.5, Rating: 2.9
- Marlinton Loops, Length: 39.2 & 62, Rating: 3.3 & 5.2:
- Upper Scenic Highway Loop, Length: 24.7, rating 2.6
- Hillsboro - Lobelia Loop A-C-E, Length: 11.4, Rating: 1.0
- Hillsboro - Lobelia Loop A-B-E, Length: 17.9, Rating: 1.9
- Hillsboro - Lobelia Loop A-C-D, Length: 17.08, Rating: 1.5
- Hillsboro - Lobelia Loop A-B-D, Length: 24.4, Rating: 2.4
- Hillsboro - Lobelia Loop F-A-B-D-F, Length: 45.8, Rating: 4.1
- Scenic Highway Out and Back, Length: 45.0, Rating: 5.0
A little about the county.
is the third largest county in West Virginia and at 9.25 per square mile, has the lowest population density. It is an elongated county with a length of about 53 miles from NE to SW. The Greenbrier River bisects the county from is sources on the northern boundary to where it exits the county on the southern border South of Denmar. The first known white settlers were Jacob Marlin and Stephen Sewell in 1740. Real development did not begin until the C&O Railroad built the rail line up the Greenbrier River to Durbin, to tap the rich forest resources of the area. Henry Gassaway Davis later built the Coal and Iron Railroad (later Western Maryland) form Elkins to Durbin With the exception of fourteen miles between Cass and Durbin, all the railroad mileage has been converted to rail trails. The West Fort Rail trail between Durbin and Glady is my favorite in the state.
Nearest Bike Shops:
Hill and Holler Bicycle Works,121 East Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV
The Dirt Bean, bike shop and cafe. 217 8th St. in downtown Marlinton was destroyed by fire in the Fall of 2013.
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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