Don’t Just Seize the Day. Grab it by the Handlebars

April 24, 2019
Biking on a mountain trail

Greater Parkersburg is a fantastic hub for bike riders with its single track trails. Mountwood Park’s extensive network of mountain biking trails is perfect for those looking for a variety of ride options.

The area, already nationally recognized for its off-road cycling opportunities, has at Mountwood Park its oldest and perhaps most-beloved trail system. The River Valley Mountain Bike Association has worked tirelessly for two decades to make Mountwood Park’s almost 30-mile hike/bike singletrack network one of the eastern United States’ most highly regarded and most ridden single-park mountain biking destinations.

Mountwood Park is also home to one of the longest-running and best-attended races in the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association points series, the Challenge at Mountwood. This race draws hundreds of racers from several states each spring to test their early-season fitness on trails that rip and flow through the valleys, ravines, and ridge tops surrounding Mountwood’s 50-acre lake.

Meticulously designed, constructed, and maintained according to International Mountain Bicycling Association standards, the trails at Mountwood Park consistently draw raves from riders for their fun factor. While only moderately technical for West Virginia singletrack, switchbacked climbs invariably lead to rolling ridge riding and long, swooping, grin-inducing downhills that leave bikers only too happy to begin the next ascent.


The park’s new Flow Trail is a hit among riders of all skill levels. The machine-made trail flows down through the terrain to create a rhythmic riding experience and traverses a scenic and seldom-visited area of the park.

These trails are also open year round, and offer four seasons of riding enjoyment through scenic, rocky woodlands and the historic ruins of the nineteenth-century oil community of Volcano. Excellent signage and available maps (get yours at the park administration building, visitors’ center, or download below, make route finding simple.)



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