It's been a heck of a summer on the trout streams around here but it's effected my time on the mountain bike. I finally got the wheels out and headed down to Big Bear Lake Campground in West Virginia. It only takes 40 minutes to get there from my house. This place is very random. It's situated in some beautiful terrain, the trails are mostly single-track that weave around the campground. You have to pay $10 cash to get into the park, but the riding is well worth it.
We started off our loop on the Swamp Trail, right by the Big Bear Country Store. They list this as an easy trail on the map, but some of these sections were rock filled and quite challenging. The nice part about this trail is it was very flat with great flow to it. We rode to the junction of the Jeep Trail and decided to hang a left up the steep incline. This section was double wide with loose rocks and had a steep pitch for about .75 miles. Once we got to the top we hung a right on the race loop for a short while before hanging another right on the Cannonade Short Cut Trail. This one was great rocky single-track with a downhill pitch the whole length. This trail ends at the 3 Mile Loop Road. We took a right on this and left back on the Swamp Trail and rode this back to the truck. Overall it was a 5.5 mile loop. There are plenty more trails to explore in this little fun park. Most are more challenging then what we rode today. The flow was super fun and the technicality of the ride was similar to Laurel Mountain. I will definitely ride this one again, if you are looking for a good place to ride without huge climbs and variable terrain give this place a shot.