Wild & Wonderful West Virginia Gravel

Explore the best of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

Early Bird Special for 5 Day Tours

Take five days to explore the best of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia! On this gravel tour of the Mountain State, we’ll ride and hike to some of the most scenic vistas the Appalachian Mountains have to offer. 

Our central location is Davis, West Virginia, the highest town in the state and a hub of world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, with outstanding access to pristine and wild public lands. Davis is also becoming home to a thriving scene of local businesses, artisans, eateries, and breweries. You’re sure to find something amazing around every turn of this fantastic gravel tour in the mountains. 

The route is best suited to a gravel bike (a drop-bar bike with a tire width over 30mm), and is only for riders with advanced bike handling skills who have experience on varied surfaces. Due to safety concerns, we do not allow e-bikes on this ride. Thanks for understanding! 

 

Tour Highlights

The Purple Fiddle

West Virginia wilderness

Adventurous gravel roads

Waterfall hikes

Small-town local breweries

Lodging Options

The Bright Morning Inn

Day 1:

Starting in Davis, we’ll cruise some old logging roads to the back streets of Thomas. From here, you will descend down the Blackwater Canyon Trail to Hendricks. This ride is an out and back, so after a break you’ll ride back up to Davis. We’ll finish our ride in the ultra-cute town of Thomas, just a couple miles from our lodging in Davis. Grab a coffee from Tip Top cafe, or check out the art in one of the many galleries in town before we head back to the hotel to clean up for dinner together.

 

Day 2:

Our adventure today starts with a scenic shuttle through the mountains. You have two ride options today – start at Spruce Knob Lake for some extra climbing, or start a bit further up at the top of Spruce Knob (the highest point in West Virginia!) Once at the top, take in the glorious views as you drop to the valley floor on a mixture of gravel and paved roads. You’ll end your ride today at Seneca Rocks, a giant knife-edge slab of bare white sandstone towering 900 feet above the North Fork River.

 

Day 3: 

Yesterday’s ride was pretty big, so we’ll take a bit of a breather today! After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a scenic drive into the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
The Dolly Sods is a rocky, high-altitude plateau with sweeping vistas and lifeforms normally found much farther north in Canada. We’ll hike out to Bear Rocks overlook for a grand view of this beautiful place. Afterward, you can hop and ride down some fantastic gravel with more great mountain views. The ride ends near Red Creek, where we’ll load up and head back to our accommodations in Davis for the evening.

 

Day 4:

After a rest yesterday, you’ll be more than prepared for today’s ride! There are two options today: you can start on challenging, steep roads up to Olson Tower, or you can choose to ride the BCT again to the start of the climb. Either way, everyone will meet at Olson Tower. A dizzying 133 steps take you to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of the surrounding mountains. From here, you’ve got a paved descent to the valley bottom and the Black Fork of the Cheat. Then we’ll ride some more gravel roads along the Shavers Fork River. Pop out of the forest in Parsons, and we’ll have one last shuttle back to Davis, where we’ll enjoy dinner together this evening!

 

Day 5:

Your last day will be a riding tour of the highlights of Davis! After our last breakfast at the Bright Morning Inn, we’ll take the Davis Trail to check out a few of the goods that Blackwater Falls State Park has to offer. Along the way, we’ll visit Lindy Point, Pendleton Point, Elakala Falls and Blackwater Falls. Take your time, take lots of photos and enjoy your last ride in this unique mountain destination! When our ride is over, we’ll have one last lunch together before we part ways!

“Wonderful trip. Our guides… made it awesome. They were both super reliable and helpful. The bikes were well attended to as well. Great accommodations and service throughout the trip. Thanks.”

~Diane P., CO

Trip Information

5

Trip Length - Days

New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Multi-surface: Road and Gravel
Difficulty Level 4
Tour Rating
Experienced
SAG Vehicle New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Support & Gear Vehicle
35

Daily Mileage

1900 feet

Daily Climbing

Check In Location
Bright Morning Inn, Davis West Virginia
Tour Area
18

Minimum Age

Meals

4 Breakfasts | 5 Lunches | 3 Dinners

Pricing
  • PP Double Occupancy

    $1700
  • Single Supplement*

    $240
  • Bike Rental

    $150

*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.

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