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Nice trail, but disappearing

By ltbike in September, 2013

This was our second try to ride this trail. Rained out 2 years ago; this time weather was good. We rode from Elkins to Parsons over two days. Very nice trail and the grass is mowed down. However, they are "losing" this trail in many places as the grass is taking over and in some spots it is like slot cars. It is paved out of Elkins and a good bit of pavement towards Parson, with the rest being fine crushed limestone (at one time). This is a real nice trail and it would be a shame to lose it. Needs to be renovated. We ride Trek hybrids and we had no problems, except I did in the slots a couple of times. There are rest stops, but no outhouses or water sources.

Trail Closed

By dwstewar in April, 2013

The trail is NOT open between 5 miles west of Parsons and Mt Pheasant (Tucker/Randolph Co line) – blocked by hundreds of downed trees due to heavy snow the winter.

Turkey Trott

By annie lynn in November, 2012

This is more of information for all who enjoys to run the trail in WV, my MOPS Group is hosting a 5K November 10 registration at 9 am, Kids 1/2 mile race at 930 and 5k at 10 am. Come and run and help raise money for the great Organization. Special Thanks to Williams Excavating LLC who set up to come clear trees after the Big Storm Sandy Blow throw. Thanks you.

Beautiful, well maintained, and definately for the entire family to enjoy.

By new2wv in October, 2012

Rode this trail from Elkins to Parsons a few weeks ago and it was a fantastic experience. First 12 miles or so to Montrose is level and very well maintained. From Montrose to the top of the mountain you make a steady 300-400 rise in elevation but the trail is easy to navigate and the climb is very gradual. From the top which is about the 15 mile marker the ride is downhill all the way to Parsons. Beautiful scenery, well maintained, and an extremely refreshing experience. A great family trail for all ages and an opportunity to experience that Almost Heaven atmosphere of a great area.

August 2012

By gjdonaldson in August, 2012

My family and I rode this last Friday (8/24). We started in Porterwood first riding west to Moore where the paved section stopped and then back to the other end of the paved section in Hendrick. After a picnic lunch I rode from Porterwood to Elkins. This is a very nice and well maintained trail. For the most part the trail parallels US 219 and therefore isn't very remote. Starting from the northeastern end of the trail you travels through several small towns and communities. Then the trail climbs through the woods to the Tucker / Randolph county border and descends into a mostly agricultural area for the ride to Elkins. There are a number of parking areas along the trail all of which are well signed. In Parsons the trail runs through a town park where there are bathrooms. Outside of Parsons where there are several stores and Elkins there are no services on the trail. The trail surface is either paved or firm cinder / crush rock. I rode the unpaved portion on my touring bike with 700x32c tires and it was easy going.

Parsons To Elkins

By Jfuto in June, 2009

I rode from Parsons to Elkins and back on 06-08-09. The trail out of Parsons is paved for about 2-3 miles. You then ride on the road (1% grade) for about 2 miles or so. The trail then turns into gravel as you take a left turn and climb the hill (3-4% grade). This hill is rather long, but an easy steady climb. It is beautiful, but there are no safety rails and a fall would be bad. Once you are on the top, there is a short downhill until the trail evens out and almost disappears (9 miles or so at this point). After crossing your first road, you can now take the gravel trail that had weeds up to me knees along the sides and center until you reach the paved portion outside Elkins. This ride was about 22 miles for me. The return ride is much easier and was faster. Total was 44.1 miles.

I give the trail 6 out of 10. I rode a hybrid bike with high compression tires and it was great. The gravel was only thick in a couple places, but not for very long.


Allegheny Highlands Trail now GEOCACHED!

By gordonblackley in May, 2009

Geocachers throughout West Virginia and many neighboring states are enthusiastically spreading the word about the system of 25 geocaches that have been placed along the Allegheny Highlands Trail from the Highland Park trail station in Elkins to the last stop in Hendricks. The AHT is the only rail-trail in West Virginia that is host to an organized system of geocaches. The system was originally installed in 2008 with 19 caches and expanded to 25 in 2009. The response from the geocaching community has been very positive. A sampling of comments from geocachers, identified by their caching "handles" reveals these feelings:

"That's a real nice series you put out. I had a good time out there today." from 89SC

"All these AHT caches will certainly bring a lot more attention to this excellent trail. I had not been along that grade since I got to ride the Western Maryland to Cumberland and back a couple of times in the 70's." from jsmarti.

"Thanks for fun, uncomplicated caches along our favorite walking trail !! Appreciate it...!" from Fluff&Boss.

The geocaches are arranged as either "traditional" caches where the coordinates are published on www.geocaching.com, or "puzzle" caches where the coordinates have to be calculated by answering a series of questions with numeric solutions. A hypothetical question: "What is the four digit number derived by multiplying the year that Columbus sailed the ocean blue by the 2 digit number in the phrase "Sweet __ " and subtracting that number from the zip code displayed on the Post Office accross the street from the Montrose trail station?" The answer is 2411 and would be used in some manner to compute the north or west coordinates

While the majority of the caches are traditional, which makes the sport more accessible, the puzzle caches offer some cerebral exercise along with the physical work-out that riding the trail presents.

More details on the geocached aspects of the trail are available at www.geocaching.com, search for Allegheny Highlands Trail - or the zip code 26241.

Gordon Blackley, 5/12/09

Great ride

By Bill in June, 2005

"We rode this trail from parsons to elkins .very good trail , had a great time !!!!"

Night run - November '04

By BlackCloud in December, 2004

"Wouldn't you know that it gets dark early in November? Trail surface is quite good, w/ only one real hill just south of the northern terminus. Fast food @ each terminus. Interesting monument to flood victims next to bridge near northern terminus."

Pretty Ride

By in January, 2004

I have ridden this trail from Elkins to Parsons. The trail is in very good shape with many points of interest along the way. I liked the world's largest indoor yard sale and an Emu farm. The ride is very beautiful through and across the mountain. It's a very comfortable family ride.