Plantation Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Davis, West Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.
This is the Canaan Valley regions most famous single track. From Plantation Trail you can make any number of loops with the trails that cross and branch off.This is a difficult, rocky, technical and beautiful ride with the return on the loop road.
I parked my truck in a spot just over the bridge WV32.
This trail started with a 3 mile ride on a busy road, from the bridge to the Trailhead. The start to the Real Trail was well marked on the side of WV32.
The singletrack quickly disappeared into the unknown.
The trail is very easy to navigate, and because it is a fairly flat ride, I soon realized I had to find the ideal gear, and just ride the trail in that gear.Because the whole singletrack section is through dense forest, there are no views or scenic wows BUT, you dont miss them, cos this trail gives you a great remote feeling which I thought was pretty cool. There are a few minor ups & downs on this trail, but nothing serious, as well as a few minor creek crossings. One section of the trail was extremely boggy / muddy and there was just no way to ride through it, or around it. This singletrack section of the trail is about 8 miles, then you end up on the Canaan Loop Road. Now all that was left was about 8.5 miles of road back to the truck and starting point
Well first, this is a just under 20 mile loop, BUT 12 miles are on road, and only the 8 miles of singletrack are actually fun. If I was to advise anyone who wants to ride this trail, I would highly recommend they did an In & Out this would mean 16 Miles of excellent singletrack.
The trail was very well maintained, and well marked.
This trail is not fast, or scenic, but it does offer the rider a remote XC feeling. This trail is rated Difficult in the books, Im not sure why this is, I myself would rate this trail Moderate
Traffic on Trail : No one at all
Wild Life : None, but there were numerous clear and fresh markings of bears on the trail
Scenery : Not much at all.
Other : VERY muddy section on the singletrack section
My Trail Rating : 6 / 10