Biking on Shavers Fork Trail
Experienced riders seeking a challenge with formidable climbs and epic descents, look no further than the Shavers Fork Trail located just outside of Durbin, West Virginia. This trail is maintained by the US Forest Service. It features an almost even split between climbing and descent for a taste of both worlds. The trail links directly to other trails in the area allowing an easy transition into more action. It is flanked by three mountains, Hutton Knob, White Top, and Gaudineer Knob. This guarantees notable vistas and viewpoints when conquering the trail. Shavers Fork is one of two Black Diamond rated trails in this location, the second-highest rated trail difficulty, only behind Double-Black Diamond. This is most likely not the trail you would want to bring your kids along for a calm, scenic ride. Riders should expect rough terrain in the form of classic singletrack. It will be rocky, filled with roots, and almost always wet. The wet climate of the region leaves the trail with muddy areas almost year round. It can be accessed and enjoyed in all four seasons, supporting the versatility of the trails in the area.
The first climb is relatively short and is measured at a grade of about 1.9%. This is a worthy warm up to get the legs ready for the descent immediately after. The first descent is a little over a quarter-of-a-mile with a max grade of -3.3%. This short-burst of action spans right into the only daunting climb of the trail. This climb is only about a quarter-of-a-mile long, but hosts a punishing max grade of 4.6%. However, your hard work on the pedals will not go unrewarded. This downhill section is rated at a blistering -4.7% max grade. This is the grand-jewel of the trail that will make adrenaline flow and blood-pressure rise, even with the most experienced mountain bikers. The next section mellows out after the high-speed action. After surviving the descent, it allows a moment to cruise on moderately flat ground to regain your composure. The trail ends with a brief, subtle climb that links into the next section of Shavers Fork Road.
3 miles in total one way, with equal 1 mile splits of climbs and descents.
Black Diamond. Riders should be aware of their skill level and capabilities before attempting this section of trail. They should also be aware of their bikes limitations. Enduro and Trail style bikes will be most accustomed to this type of terrain and are recommended. Riders will need a significant amount of suspension travel to properly shred safely. Leave the Cross Country bike at home this time. This is not for beginners and should be taken seriously despite its short overall distance.
What to bring
Be prepared for a number of situations when planning on tackling this trail. A helmet is absolutely crucial and must be of the proper style for this type of riding. In other terms of protection, elbow and knee pads could be the difference between a close-call, or an emergency trip to the hospital. A riding backpack filled with essentials will give you peace of mind during your experience. Some of these items include, water, snacks, a first aid kit and a rain jacket. In terms of bike maintenance, multi-tools, tire plugs, hand pumps or CO2 cartridges, and spare derailleur hangers are just some of the indispensable items that could save your trip in a pinch.
How to get there
Take the access road from Shavers Fork Road and follow the trail markers to either White Meadow or Crouch Ridge. You will need to ride through one of these routes in order to access Shavers Fork trail. Shavers Fork Road is located at precisely; 38°38’08.4″N 79°52’16.9″W.