The idea of mountain biking in National Parks often still surprises people, but there's quite a list of parks where you can ride dirt trails and/or roads. One of these is the New River Gorge National River.
Established in 1978, the park is home to the spectacular landscape carved by the New River, which (ironically) is among the oldest rivers in the world. The park spans over 70,000 acres, stretches 53 miles along the New River from Bluestone Dam to Hawk's Nest Lake. A rugged, whitewater river, the New River has carved and continues to carve the longest and deepest river gorge in the Appalachian Mountains.
After help from IMBA Trail Solutions in the design and planning stages, 1,000 Boy Scouts traveled to Fayetteville to craft the 13 miles of flowy, turny Arrowhead Trails by hand. A system of this size would normally take years to construct without machines, so it goes without saying that the trails are something for everyone involved to be proud of.
It’s also a shining example of what great partnerships can create. Special thanks to the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America for helping make the vision a reality.