You’ll find Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs are just right for "home base." Between the two towns--only 15 minutes apart--are numerous options to rest your head, laid-back eateries for a sit-down bite to eat and informed folks with plenty of knowledge about the area.
With more than one way to enjoy a bike ride in these mountains, options run the gamut from road and recreational jaunts to mountain bike and downhill rides.
For starters, check out the Greenbrier River Trail. It’s a gravel-packed, rails-to-trails that loosely follows the Greenbrier River for 78 miles. Its easy, one-percent grade is suitable for any age or skill level. Depending on agenda and ambition, your time in the saddle can be an hour or two or extended to a multi-day, overnight trek. To make your excursion even more of an adventure, plan a few stops along the trail. There are picnic sites, swimming and fishing holes, even established campsites with rustic facilities and potable water.
If you’re lacking an extra shuttle vehicle or prefer a guided trip, check-in with Greenbrier Outfitters. They’re equipped with a full fleet of bikes to rent, including e-bikes, kiddie trailers and tag-alongs for youngsters on the trip. Open by appointment, Free Spirit Adventures also services the river trail with bike rentals and guided tours. Their rental program includes hybrid trail bikes, tandems and tag-alongs.
Another easy-to-access trail system is located in the Greenbrier State Forest. There are 16 miles of single-track trails that wind through 5,000 acres of forested parklands. Trails range from beginner-style mountain bike loops to full-throttle, downhill descents equipped with natural, gravity features and machine-built berms and tabletops. Before heading into the forest, stop by Hammer Cycle (in White Sulphur Springs) for some Intel on where best to maximize your ride-time.