Greenbrier River Trail
HC 82 Box 252
Marlinton, WEST VIRGINIA 24954
Contact phone: 304-799-7416
Contact phone 2: 800-225-5982
Web site: http://www.greenbrierrailtrailstatepark.com
Contact e-mail 2: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greenbrier River Trail, operated by West Virginia State Parks, is a 77 mile (120 kilometer) long former railroad, now used for hiking, bicycling, ski-touring, and wheel-chair use. The former Greenbrier Division of the C. & O. Railway was built at the turn of the century to serve the booming timber industry of that time. The trail passes through numerous small towns and traverses 35 bridges and 2 tunnels as it winds its way along the valley. Throughout much of its length, the Trail is directly adjacent to the beautiful Greenbrier River and is surrounded by peaks of the Allegheny Mountains.
It is level throughout its length and the surface is generally hard packed, but varies from rough to fine gravel. Consequently, although there are few problems for hikers, bicyclists will have to adjust their riding styles and anticipated travel times accordingly. Bicycles with large tires are recommended. Cross-country skiers will require at least six inches of snow to avoid damage from protruding gravel.
Restroom facilities and approved drinking water sources have been developed along the Trail. Several "primitive" camping sites are now being developed near or adjacent to the Trail. Lodging is available near the trail and several outfitters will shuttle cyclists and hikers.
Primitive Camp sites are available at selected areas.