Cycling Scenic West Virginia - Wirt County

  • Wirt County Courthouse
  • Limestone Hill
  • Near PeeWee
  • Garfield Road
  • State 14
  • State 14
  • Garfiled Road
  • State 14
  • Near Palestine
  • Tucker Creek Valley
  • Limestone Hill
Wirt County Courthouse1 Limestone Hill2 Near PeeWee3 Garfield Road4 State 145 State 146 Garfiled Road7 State 148 Near Palestine9 Tucker Creek Valley10 Limestone Hill11

Wirt County

Wirt County Location MapWirt County, offers some fine riding opportunities that are relatively flat by West Virginia standards. A very rural county, with the largest incorporated town not exceeding 4,000 in population.

Wirt County Rides

Wirt, Jackson, and Roane Counties contain what I call the Oil Boom Loops. The first of what I plan on being 3 or 4 routes is:

A little about the county.

Wirt 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.

Area Attractions:

Local Sources

Parkersburg Bicycle Shop

Disclaimer

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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