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West Virginia- Wild and Wonderful

Ride Details

Dates: Oct 8-13

Distance: 293 miles

Cost: $1996

Rider Level: Tailored to all riding levels

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West Virginia- "Wild and Wonderful "is the state slogan. "The Mountain State" is the nickname. There is an energy and tranquility in West Virginia you are not likely to find in any other state. West Virginia is packed with history, heritage, adventure and good ole southern hospitality that will create a memorable cycling experience you should not miss. This area is within 8 hours driving time for cyclists coming from the Ohio Valley or much the east coast

On our Wild and Wonderful Tour, we focus on the southern portion of the state, in and around the Greenbrier Valley, The New River and The Potomac Highlands. All of WV sits within the Appalachian range, therefore giving it the name Mountain State. So, our daily rides are designed for what we would say is a fit rider because of the short steep hills. Our daily distances will range between 35 and 75 miles, depending on the terrain for the day. Thus, we would classify this tour as appropriate for the "Active" level of rider, not necessarily the Advanced rider. We will visit and reside nightly in the historic towns of Lewisburg, White Sulphur Springs and Snowshoe. Each day of cycling will take us through quiet, back roads of  the scenic Greenbrier River Valley, parts of the Midland Trail National Scenic Byway, sections of the Farm Heritage Rd, or along the banks of the New River (which by the way, is thought to be one of the oldest rivers in the world) and a day of riding the Greenbrier River trail with a specialized hybrid style bike.  One day we venture into the state of Virginia for a few hours and ride the ridge near Sweet Springs, that divides the Jefferson National Forest from the Mountain State.

The towns in the Greenbrier area offer great small town charm, art colonies, great upscale southern dining and wonderful adventure activities. We spend one day on the New River for a day of rafting some of the best whitewaters in the world. Yet another afternoon, we tour "the Bunker" beneath the historic Greenbrier Inn. After the tour, you should think about staying a few extra days, take in more rafting on the Gauley and New Rivers, fly fish the many mountain streams, zip line excursions or indulge in a little mountain biking on the many miles of trails. We will hook you up with the best area guides. If heading back to the upper east coast or toward Chicago, you can easily catch the Amtrak just outside the Greenbrier Inn and we can ship your ship home to you (White Sulphur Spings Amtrak does not offer check baggage service) Please call about their schedule.

Tour Details: Oct 8-13(Sun-Fri)  5 days, 5 nights  Price: $1996  Single room supplement is an additional $420.  Bike Rental: $150

Travel Logistics: Travel arrangement by airline should be scheduled in and out of Charleston,WV or Lewisburg,WV. Airport pick up time is: Sunday, Oct 8 at 3 PM and 5PM respectively and drop off time is: Friday, Oct 13 at 4 PM in Lewisburg or 6 PM in Charleston.  If flying out of Charleston, consider staying over for a Sat AM flight. If driving to the starting location, you should meet at our starting hotel in Lewisburg, where you may park for the duration of the trip. Amtrak options are available. Please see https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/869/103/Cardinal-Hoosier-State-Schedule-091916,0.pdf  Or call the office for assistance

Included: All lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of the tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides

Pre-tour Day We meet at the Inn in Lewisburg

Day 1  White Sulphur Springs  area - Crow, VA- Union - Lewisburg (53 miles) +3045/-3164 ft  Bunker tour at Greenbrier Inn

West Virginia- Wild and Wonderful

Day 2  Lewisburg-Alderson-Sam Black Church-Lewisburg (63 miles) /-4083 ft

West Virginia- Wild and Wonderful

Day 3  Rafting the New River- Guided cave tours at Lost World Caverns or a short 30 mile local loop.

Day 4  White Sulphur Springs-Minnehaha Springs-Cass-Snowshoe  (73.5 miles) 5034/-2324 ft

West Virginia- Wild and Wonderful

Day 5  Showshoe to White Sulphur Springs - Greenbrier River Trail (77 miles) 1444/-2191 ft

West Virginia- Wild and Wonderful

NOTE* The routes were last ridden in May 0f 2017 Routes and distances may varyslightly due to the Summer rain fall in the area and road conditions. Starting and ending point is Lewisburg WV.