Cycling Scenic West Virginia

Oil Boom Loops - Turkey Fork


Garfield RoadLength: 45.8
Climbing: 1,800 Feet
Rating: 3.2
Climbing per Mile: 39

Location: This ride is in Jackson, and Wirt Counties. This is a relatively flat ride (WV Flat) with two climbs and some rolling terrain between Elizabeth and Palestine. This route can be accessed from Exit 146 (Silverton/Ravenswood) of Interstate 77.

Getting there; From Charleston, take I-77 North 47 miles to the Silverton Exit. Take a right on Co. 56 and go 3.7 miles to Rt. 21. Take a left and follow Rt. 21 1.3 miles to New Era and the Gilmore School will be on your right. From Parkersburg, take I-77 South and get off at Silverton exit 146. Left on Co. 56 Go 3.7 miles and take a left on St. 21. Go 1.3 miles and the school will be on the right. . 

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General Route Description

New Era to Elizabeth - Starting at Gilmore School on route 21 in Jackson County, you head north as it follows Sandy creek upstream to it source. The pavement on the first couple miles of route 21 is very rough, but once you get to Odaville, you have pavement that has been put down since 2011. Route 21 is flat till the final 1 1/4 mile climb up Limestone Ridge. The climb is mostly 7-9 % for the first mile and than eases up for the final 1/4 mile. At the top of the climb, you take a right onto County 1/1 just before crossing into Wood County and roll 2 miles along the ridge before a STEEP descent down to Tucker Creek and the junction with County 1. You follow County 1 and Tucker Creek downstream to Elizabeth. Only a short 10% ramp near Elizabeth interrupts a pleasant cruise.

Elizabeth to New Era - Leaving Elizabeth on Route 14, you follow the Little Kanawha River, but find more climbing in the next 3 1/2 miles as the road climbs the bluff above the river. Passing Palestine, the turn onto county route 7 Garfield Road, is on a downgrade so you need to be looking for it. Garfield Road follows the Left Fork of Reedy Creek upgrade to the headwaters at Garfield. At Garfield you have a 3/4 mile climb averaging 5.5% but with some 10% thrown in, to the Wirt - Jackson County line before descending into the Turkey Fork drainage. The rest of the ride is overall downhill along Turkey Fork. Arriving at route 21, you take a left for the final two miles to the start finish.

Items of Interest Along the Route:

The Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge is just 9/10 of a mile North of Gilmore School. It is 2/10s of a mile off of the route on Co. 21/15. It can be seen from the route on the right heading North.

The Wirt County Courthouse is in Elizabeth. The courthouse if half a block off the route on Court and Washington streets.

Food and Water:

There are food and water sources in Elizabeth which is about the halfway point when starting in New Era. There is also a general store in Odaville (see map) that has water and snacks.

There is are also convenience stores at the Silverton exit of Interstate 77.

Nearest Bike Shop:

Parkersburg Bicycle Shop


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