An easy stroll or bike ride along an abandoned branchline of the C & O Railway. This predominantly level trail crosses five railroad trestles. Several overlooks provide scenic views of Thurmond and the New River.
Parking and Trail Access
Thurmond Trailhead: From U.S. Route 19 north of Beckley, take the Glen Jean-Thurmond exit. Take an immediate left, and go 0.5 miles to Glen Jean. Take a right and follow the signs to Thurmond (WV Route 25). The trailhead is on the left, 5.1 miles down WV Route 25.
Minden Trailhead: Take the Main Street Exit (Oak Hill) off U.S. Route 19. If going south on U.S. Route 19, turn left and go 0.2 miles; if going north on U.S. Route 19, turn right and go 0.1 miles. Turn left onto Minden Road, and follow this 2.1 miles. Take a right across a small bridge to the trailhead.
SHORT BUT INTERESTING
WIFE AND I WERE LOOKING FOR A SHORT RIDE ON OUR WAY HOME FROM RIDING THE GREENBRIAR RIVER TRAIL. NICE UPHILL GRADE. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. THEN YOU CAN COAST BACK TO YOUR CAR ON THE WAY BACK
Fun Ride Home!
"The trail is nice...rarely rough (a few rocks, some remnants of the old train line, and 1 set of stairs you have to carry your bike around), a nice smooth grade as would be expected from an old rail line, so not too steep and (the best part) from the ...