Straddling the north fork of the Potomac River's south branch, the Monongahela National Forest's Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area offers two rides that feature the very best wild and wonderful West Virginia has to offer.
The Lower Nanamocomuck Trail is two hours North of Boston just outside the mountain playground of North Conway. This out-and-back ride parallels the boulder-strewn Swift River and includes tight singletrack, log bridges and plenty of rocks and roots. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, the trail is just one of many backcountry rides in the area. In true New England style, the Nan begins at a restored covered bridge.
Slippery roots. Exposed wet granite. Impossibly steep climbs. Black flies. Tight singletrack beneath a deep green forest canopy. As any hearty Vermont mountain biker will tell you, these are the traits that distinguish New England riding. Some of the best riders in the world got their start in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Chances are, if you can handle the technical challenges found here, you can stay upright anywhere.
Like any vintage West Virginia ride, the Gauley Epic begins with a plunge into a classic East Coast hardwood forest. Thank your fork manufacturer as you bounce over a long section of 80-year old logging railway, complete with original ties. It's all about rhythm and momentum here. Keep it up and you'll sail through the day.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.