The Quick Fix

Mountain Biking

Oct 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

Singletrack of champions: mountain-biking the Davis Trail, near Davis

Mountain-Biking the Monongahela National Forest
The tiny town of Davis (pop. 624), on the northern edge of the Mon, is home to not one but two members of last year's U.S. World Mountain Bike Championship Team, Sue Haywood and Nick Waite. Surprised? Don't be. The town is a launching pad for hundreds of miles of technical, slick, and muddy mountain-bike trails. And the locals have the appropriately masochistic attitude to tackle them—the same outlook that, in 1992, gave birth to the first 24-hour mountain-bike race, the 24 Hours of Canaan (which has since been moved and renamed the 24 Hours of Snowshoe). If you have time for only one route, try the Mon's 25-mile Plantation Trail system. It tunnels through thick rhododendrons, over creeks, rocks, vines, and moss, in a rainforesty wonderland reminiscent of Vancouver's North Shore.
HOW TO GO Blackwater Bikes, in Davis (304-259-5286,, rents Kona mountain bikes for $25 per day and sells the Canaan Valley Adventure map ($8), the most reliable and up-to-date trail resource.
LODGING Bright Morning Inn (866-537-5731,, next door to Blackwater Bikes, is a lumberjack boardinghouse turned bed-and-breakfast. Rooms range from $75 to $85, biscuit-and-eggs breakfast included.