Wild & Wonderful West Virginia Gravel

Explore the best of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

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 tour is only for riders with advanced bike handling skills on varied surfaces. Due to safety concerns, we do not allow e-bikes on this ride. Thanks for understanding!

 

* Bike requirements:  A gravel bike (a drop-bar bike with wide, grippy tires) with wide 700×45 or 650×47 tires is strongly recommended. (Highly experienced gravel riders could ride a 700×35, but this is the absolute minimum tire width.)

 

For more intermediate gravel tours, check out our Seneca Lake Backroads & Brews tour or our Trinidad, Colorado Gravel tour!

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 Thomas, we’ll descend down the Blackwater Canyon Trail to Hendricks. This ride is an out and back, so after a break you’ll ride back up the way we came. 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. We’ll start our ride at Spruce Knob, the highest ridge of the Allegheny Mountains. The “whale-backed” ridge extends for only about 16 miles, from northeast to southwest, but several of its peaks exceed 4,500 feet in elevation.We’ll ride a downhill-trending gravel route (still with 2000 feet of climbing!) down to the “town” of Evenwood on the Glady Fork of the Cheat. Grab a snack and a drink from the trailer, then shuttle back to Davis for the night.

 

Day 3: 

Yesterday’s ride was pretty big, so we’ll take a bit of a breather today. Our ride is downhill, with a nice hike in the middle.

 

After breakfast, our day begins 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. Our ride follows Canaan Loop Road, dropping down along Red Run for a 2-mile out and back hike to Table Rock and a great view. We’ll end our ride at the Dry Fork of the Cheat River, and then shuttle back to Davis.

 

Day 4:

After a rest yesterday, you’ll be more than prepared for today’s ride! We’ll ride from Thomas to Olson Tower, where a dizzying 133 steps take you up to an incredible mountain view. After that, we’ll drop into the Cheat basin and do a loop around the Shavers Fork River. Our ride today ends in the tiny town of Hendricks, where the Blackwater River and the Dry Fork join to form the Black Fork, a principal tributary of the Cheat River.

 

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

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Multi-surface: Road and Gravel
Difficulty Level 4
Tour Rating
Experienced
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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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