Tucker County, located in the northern part of the highlands, has long been a destination for persons seeking outdoor adventure. The county has two downhill ski resorts, one cross country resort, three state parks, a water sports outfitter, a national wildlife refuge, as well as part of the national forest. It is also a mountain biking destination. With the noted exception of the the water sports, almost all the activities are, as the locals put it, up mountain. The featured biking routes, however, are in the down mountain area of the county around Parsons and St. George.
- Population: 6,927 (2014 Est.)
- Pop. Per Sq.. Mile: 17.0
Tucker County Rides
The rides are listed in alphabetical order. Enjoy the views of the rivers, forest, and farms while doing these rides.
- Elkins-Limestone Mt. Figure 8, 74.1 miles, Rating: 6.1
- Elkins Lollypop, 54 miles, Rating: 4.3
- Limestone Mountain Loop, 20.8 Miles, Rate: 2.1
- Macomber Loop, 40.3 Miles, Rating 3.8
- Parsons - Kerens Loop, 38.8 Miles, Rating: 3.2
- St. George Loop, 56 Miles, Rating: 5.1
- Texas Mountain Loop, 21.6. miles, Rating: 1.8
A little about the county.
Tucker County was established in 1856, from land taken from Randolph County. It was named for Henry St. George Tucker Sr. a Virginia jurist. St. George was the first county seat, before being moved to Parsons. Mining and timber were the initial industries that brought development to the county. Henry Gassaway Davis, and Stevens B. Elkins, were prime movers in the early industrial development of the county. Lumbering continues at a much reduce rate, mining is minimal, but tourism has become a major economic generator for the county. The Kingsford Charcoal Company, (started by Henry Ford) plant in Parsons, is a leading employer in the county.
On the Parsons-Kerens Loop, you will pass the site of the Battle of Corricks Ford, where General Garnett became the first general to die in combat in the civil war. The bike route follows the path the armies took from Parsons to Keren, but in reverse when ridden in the suggested direction.
Kingsford is now the only major industry in Parsons, but at one time there was a large tannery in the town. The Western Maryland Railroad ran through town and is now the Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail.
Nearest Bike Shop: Blackwater Bikes, Davis, Tucker County
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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