Biking Safety

Biker grips the handlebars while mountain biking on a trail
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.
bike riders on a trail
Bike riders on a trail.

Gary Hartley

Yield Appropriately

Some trails are multi-use for hiking and biking. Be aware that you may encounter bikers, runners and hikers traveling at a variety of speeds. Please adjust your own speed to maximize the safety and respect of yourself and others. Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming - a friendly greeting is a good method. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to those headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic.

Safety tips:

  • Plan ahead - check local weather conditions for the day
  • 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.
  • In case of emergency call 911.
  • 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.

Trail Regulations:

  • Only ride on trails open to bicycles.
  • Leave no trace - pack it in, pack it out.
  • Control your bicycle!
  • Do not disturb or scare birds or animals.
  • Plan ahead.
  • 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 or pedestrian. 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.
  • Failure to yield is prohibited.

Last updated: December 4, 2017

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