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Out and Back on The Greenbrier Trail

Old 04-16-12, 07:13 AM
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Out and Back on The Greenbrier Trail

Hello everyone - looking for some insight on the Greenbrier Trail in Eastern WV.
Planning on ridding my Soma Saga with 8 speed - 44-29 up front and 11-32 in rear. 28c Schwabe Marathon pluses - also have 35c Michelin pilots.
Plan on the doing the trail out and back 4 days in early May.

Trail Condition?
Tire Size Recommendations?
Local cuisine?
Convenience stores close to the trail?
Interesting things not to miss?
Campsite info?

if you know of a good journal online that would be great!

Thanks in Advance
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Here is a confused little web site that I think is commefical and not the official trail site. I can't seem to get onto what I think is the official state park site:

www.greenbrierrailtrailstatepark.com



The entire WV state park site seems to be non-functional. Maybe they could not pay the bill.

Go to CGOB and search "greenbrier trail" in journals.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/

It's a rail trail, so I don't think you have to worry about gearing. And for that reason, I would ride the 35c.

The trail is part of ACA's Allegheny Mountains Loop. I have the map and looked into it once upon a time. IIRC, there are campsites scattered along the trail, but most do not have water. However, since the terrian is not challenging, you can easily pick up groceries and carry them with you.
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The Greenbrier Trail is a portion of the loop covered in this journal:

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p..._id=53771&v=Dg
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We did Greenbrier 2 or 3 years ago South to North. I was on an Aurora with 32c tires and rear panniers. I didn't have any issues except for a section on the northern tip that had fresh limestone. I had some sinking issues but I'm a bit of a klutz. Watoga State Park is in the middle and we found it to be a very nice park (we ended up staying two days longer because we liked it so much). If you head out of the park and make a right on the main road you'll come to a store a bit ways down where you can get munchies like ice cream and pizza. You can also rent tubes to float down the river. There's also a restaurant in Watoga that isn't half bad but you have to climb up a little hill to get there. I believe a coworker once told me that Watoga is one of the nicer parks in WVa. The hiking trails were nice, if that's your thing.
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32c should be plenty wide. You could probbaly even go to 28c though there are a few spots with loose gravel.

Amenities are lacking along the trail. Cass has a restaurant or two. Marlinton has a few more. There is free camping in the park which is right off of the trail. There is a pretty horrible pizza place near Watoga. There is really nothing past that except maybe Falling Spring (if memory serves). But it is a long steep climb up to 219 and the hot dog man.



At the end of the trail there is nothing in Caldwell. You will need to either got to White Sulphar Springs or Lewisburg. White Sulphar Springs is a long steep climb. Not sure about Lewisburg.

There is free camping all along the trail but nothing within easy reach of restaurants.
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Originally Posted by seeker333
The Greenbrier Trail is a portion of the loop covered in this journal:

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p..._id=53771&v=Dg
Thanks for the link. I see the author rode his tour two years after a knee replacement. Gives me some hope!
 
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Just looked at my ACA map. Except for Marlinton, for all the towns where grocery stores are shown the selection is classified at "limited."
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