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Old 07-25-2005, 12:02 PM   #1
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WV Trails Recommendation

Hey FFs,

I'm taking two days off this week to escape the disgusting DC heat and do some riding and camping with my brother in WV or thereabouts.

I'll be on my GS and he'll trailer the XR out. He's never been on a geared bike before, so there's going to be a lot of beginner work for him.

I thought that some nice forest service trails would be best with a place to park our truck and pitch our tent. The XR does have a tag on it, but he doesn't have a motorcycle license.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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Old 07-25-2005, 01:02 PM   #2
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Tell him to get a permit or a licence. You got two free days, just long enough to sit in line at the DC DMV.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:32 AM   #3
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Hey FFs,

I'm taking two days off this week to escape the disgusting DC heat and do some riding and camping with my brother in WV or thereabouts.

I'll be on my GS and he'll trailer the XR out. He's never been on a geared bike before, so there's going to be a lot of beginner work for him.

I thought that some nice forest service trails would be best with a place to park our truck and pitch our tent. The XR does have a tag on it, but he doesn't have a motorcycle license.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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The Forest Service does require a fully licensed vehicle for use of their roads. But if you don't do something stupid or have an accident, you probably won't be stopped in either the Monongahela or the George Washington NF.

How self supporting do you want to camp? There is camping at Seneca Rocks that is right next to everthing (food, gas, etc.) Or there is camping at Laurel Forks campground deep in the Monongahela, about 15 miles west of Spruce Knob Mtn. It is at least 20 miles of forest roads and dirt from any paved road and offers miles and miles of easy dirt/gravel riding in any direction.

For easy riding, staying in the National Forest, I'd recommend the Monongahela. It is 20 miles west of Franklin, just off Rt 33. Runs north and south for a very long way. Spruce Knob is a fun ride to the top too. Highest point in West Virginia.

You can see a ride report on the area here

Have fun.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:36 AM   #4
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The Forest Service does require a fully licensed vehicle for use of their roads. But if you don't do something stupid or have an accident, you probably won't be stopped in either the Monongahela or the George Washington NF.

How self supporting do you want to camp? There is camping at Seneca Rocks that is right next to everthing (food, gas, etc.) Or there is camping at Laurel Forks campground deep in the Monongahela, about 15 miles west of Spruce Knob Mtn. It is at least 20 miles of forest roads and dirt from any paved road and offers miles and miles of easy dirt/gravel riding in any direction.

For easy riding, staying in the National Forest, I'd recommend the Monongahela. It is 20 miles west of Franklin, just off Rt 33. Runs north and south for a very long way. Spruce Knob is a fun ride to the top too. Highest point in West Virginia.

You can see a ride report on the area here

Have fun.

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Old 08-01-2005, 03:59 PM   #5
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So where did you end up? :ear

Did you make it to WV? I live in the northern end of the Mon forest and it's a blast.
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We did indeed go to the recommended area. However, we had some problems. My fuel pump quit on my 12 right when we arrived in Franklin, WV. After some phone calls, and some doubts on my part, I loaded the GS into the back of my Ford Ranger and drove it, my XR, my brother and all our gear back to Maryland. After I got it fixed the next morning we headed straight back for Franklin. We knocked around the Seneca Rocks area and headed up to Seneca Knob. The XR was waaay too tall for him, something we should have figured out before we went riding... Anyway, it was kind of a bust, but it is a dualsport paradise. I'm heading back in a few weeks for some two upping with my girlfriend. I think it's my favorite area in the region.
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