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intothenew 09-03-2011 08:24 AM

Wv poi
This one has been brewing for a while. The conception is a bucket list item, the end game is open ended.

Martha and I have a personal goal of visiting every West Virginia State Park on a bike. We start, in earnest, on September 16, 2011. Until now, these wonderful WV roads have been the focus. We are changing tack, it's the photo, the meal, the quiet campsite, the hot tub, etc. that is the focus. But, we haven't forgot about the ride, this will be from behind a set of handlebars.

I plan on maintaining a gpx file of various POI. To confine this to only State Parks would be short sighted. It will be an open ended file, and you get a say in the evolution of it. If you think it's important enough to add, I do too. But, you have to have visited it on a motorcycle. Pictures would be nice, but not mandatory. You can write a novel, or just offer a couple of quips. Post up a location, lat and long would be nice, and your experience. If the particular location has a web site, that would be nice to add also. I'll add it to the file and maintain links in the waypoints, as well as in the second post. This is not a "tag" game, multiple posts/reviews of a given point are welcomed and encouraged. Each will receive a link.

WV POI.gpx (2011-10-05)

intothenew 09-03-2011 08:25 AM

WV BABC (intothenew)

WV BRUS (intothenew)

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intothenew 09-03-2011 09:01 AM

Babcock State Park

We camped here a couple of months ago. Decent privacy, and I think all of the campsites are in timber.

The bath house was relatively clean, but could use some floor paint.

The laundry room needed some attention.

If you travel in from the South, you can follow the New River on Thurmond-McDendree Road from Prince. It could get a bit sporty for a big bike if it's wet. It's a beautiful run. From Thurmond up Berry Mt. is mostly gravel but does have a few sections of clay.

Make sure and hit the visitor center and the grist mill.

The food ain't half bad neither, but that's Martha's cookin'.

intothenew 09-03-2011 09:49 AM

Brush Creek Preserve

Brush Creek Preserve

It's a day use area with only a picnic shelter, no other facilities. About a 1/4 mile walk down Brush Creek, on an easy trail, will reward you with this.

You can hike on to the Bluestone River and through the WMA to Hinton. This is just a beautiful area, thick with Rhododendron, confined by cliffs and strange outcrops.

BmoreBandit 09-03-2011 03:52 PM

Very nice, man. Thanks for the info!

And I'd take Martha's cooking, too!

intothenew 09-04-2011 06:13 AM

Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem Resort

We have done a lot of things in Pipestem over the years, but never a bike camp. It's like camping on a golf course, immaculately groomed, but open and without privacy. I would recommend a cabin, or a room in the lodge, if the budget will allow.

We got in late that evening, low light for the photos. No pics of the bath house, too much traffic. But, they were incredibly clean.

And yes, the food was good.

intothenew 09-04-2011 06:46 AM

Pinnacle Rock State Park

Pinnacle Rock

It's a day use area with plenty of picnic options, restroom facilities, and some vertical hiking opportunities. There is a short set of crude steps to the top of the rock, you can make it in MC boots.

WVhillbilly 04-30-2012 06:58 PM


intothenew 04-30-2012 07:18 PM


Originally Posted by WVhillbilly (Post 18581626)

And by coincidence;

I had planned on a Southern tour this year, Georgia, Alabama, Florida in April. That's the only month I figure I can take it(I.e. heat). Work quelled that one. Martha and I hope to spend the vacation time later this summer/fall touring the remaining WV parks etc. Yes, more.

In the mean time, feel free to add anything you feel deserving.

WVhillbilly 04-30-2012 07:41 PM

I might have at best some cool roads to link the parks on, doubt it's anything you don't know about.

intothenew 04-30-2012 07:51 PM


Originally Posted by WVhillbilly (Post 18581963)
I might have at best some cool roads to link the parks on, doubt it's anything you don't know about.

It's not about if I know it. It's about if you have been there and enjoyed it. Post em' up.

WVhillbilly 04-30-2012 08:54 PM

I'd have to think about it for a bit. My riding touring style is taking random turns until I'm utterly lost or back on roads I'm familiar with.
Usually don't know what roads they are until later, if ever :cry

Jagermeister 05-08-2012 05:44 PM

Very cool! I plan to use these, this summer.


BamaST 06-03-2012 07:22 PM

Thanks for all the great info and pics


DCMC 10-23-2012 11:38 AM

I downloaded this file and will put it to use. Thanks!

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