New River Gorge National River has over 21 miles of mountain biking trails, which vary from easy to moderate in terrain and distance. A bike trip a can be a fun filled day as long as you stay safe.
Wear a helmet.
Carry a small first aid kit with bandages for cuts and abrasions
Drink plenty of fluids (no alcohol or caffeine)
Do not enter structures, mines, or coke ovens.
Stay on the trail.
Control your speed; trails are not always frequently maintained, and hazards may exist.
Use caution when crossing wooden bridges - dangerous when wet.
Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back
Hunting is permitted in the park; blaze orange clothing is recommended during hunting season.
Watch where you put your hands and feet; poison ivy, copperheads, and timber rattlesnakes live in the park.
After biking check yourself for ticks.
Leave no trace - pack it in, pack it out.
Control your bicycle!
Do not disturb or scare birds or animals.
Be considerate of other trail users. All bicyclists must yield to other trail users in the following manner:
- A bicyclist must yield to an equestrian;
- A bicyclist must yield to a pedestrian; and
- A bicyclist travelling downhill must yield to a bicyclist traveling uphill.
Yielding the right of way requires slowing down to a safe speed, being prepared to stop, establishing communication and passing safely.