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    Greenbrier River Trail trip

    A friend and I made the pilgrimage down to the sacred rails-to-trails ride on the Greenbrier. I did it last year but did it north to south & return. This time we did it south to north & return. The GRT has a 3% uphill from the south to the north. We got on the trail and made the trip up to Anthony where WV met us. We had a great dinner at WV's!!! WV then took us back to the trail to camp out at MP 12.8 campsite.

    We biked up to Seibert and had a lunch at Jack Horner's Corner store. It has food, pizza, convenient store & gift shop stuff as well as some bike repair supplies. Then headed north to Marlinton, Wv for dinner at DirtBean Cafe & Bike shop. The smoothies are fantastic. We continued up to MP 63.8 campsite which as a 3-sided shelter. I hammocked but my friend stayed in the shelter. Then up to Cass, Wv the end of the trail - 77miles. We had brunch at the General Store and rode back south.

    I had 3 flats and my friend had his bike trailer break 3 times. The Hardware store & DirtBean Bike shop helped fix the trailer so we could continue. Of course we ate there again. Stopped at Seibert again and camped at MP 28 campsite before heading back to the car. We had to ditch the trailer for later pickup at MP 30 in case it broke.

    The GRT campsites are great for hammocking. Most sites have a water pump and outhouse. All have a picnic table and fire pit and there are 2 shelters in the north section. Its a great place to hammock and bike ride. We took dips in the river several times a day to cool off and refresh.
    Photos will come later when my friend emails them to me.

    We had a great time despite mechanical problems and hot weather. We especially thank Dave & Barb for their great hospitality!

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    Sounds like a great trip. Then again any trip which includes getting to visit WV (Dave) is bound to be.

    A bike trip on that trail is on my list of things to do.
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    That sounds like a great trip! looking forward to some pics cause I love bikes and hammocks.

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    Its a great trip Knotty to take the family. The stops at Seibert & Marlinton make the trip easy in addition to Cass - a steam train ride. We only cooked 1 night. The swimming or just lounging in the river several times a day made it very relaxing. It's quiet & peaceful. It's better than the C&O Canal because of fewer people on the trail. Several people were backpacking it, not just for cyclists.
    This was my second time there and I will go back. Maybe a winter trip......

    MTG: I didn't get the pix yet.

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    Sounds like a great trip.

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    Crash, glad you posted your trip report. I have been considering a thruhike or thrubike of the GRT and I was wondering about whether it had good places to hang or not. Sounds like you had a great time. It is very pretty down that way.

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    There were places to hang on most campsites. I hung at campsite MP12.8, 28.8 & 63.8. Seibert (MP45) & Marlinton (MP 56), Cass (MP81) made great stops. The other towns shown on the maps are clusters of houses without any stores.

    Country Roads: The North Bend Rail Trail in northern WV is good too. But only the western end from Parkersburg to Pennsboro about 38 miles. The eastern end is like going thru backyards and not good for camping.

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