by Robin Broughton
A Guide to Rail Trails in West Virginia written by respected mountain biker Robin Broughton, who has been riding, racing, writing aboutâ€”and loving â€”biking in the state for over 15 years. Her book is a great resource for anyone traveling the stateâ€™s rail trails, whether on bike, foot, horseback or cross-country skis. This guide is perfect for casual bikers and walkers to conditioned cyclist and hikers.
All thirty of the stateâ€™s rail trails are included, from the remote and 1.5-mile-long East Wetzel Rail Trail in Hundred, to the crown jewels, the Greenbrier River Rail Trail and the North Bend Rail Trail, both at over 70 miles long. All parts of the state are covered, from the Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail in southern Raleigh County to the Wheeling Heritage Rail Trail.
Armed with this book, anyone can enjoy West Virginiaâ€™s rail trails. For each trail the book supplies directions, ratings of trail surface and scenery, and a detailed map. Also included is information on lodging, restaurants, attractions and history. With A Guide to Rail Trails in West Virginia, you can set off on your own adventure to explore and enjoy all the state has to offer.
See what some of West Virginiaâ€™s resident experts have to say about the book:
â€œTrail enthusiasts, be they bikers, hikers, or equestrians, will find this book to be a most helpful guide to trail locations, usages, conditions, locales and services to be found in the trail areas. This is probably the best trail guide available about our Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.â€ â€“ Kathleen Panek, Executive Director, West Virginia Rails-to-Trails Council
â€œNothing can compare to the eerily exciting experience of riding your bike through an old train tunnel where you feel the cool, damp air embrace you and the only sounds that exist are the echoes of gravel beneath your tires. To discover something is to experience it. Let this book be more than a guide for riding a rail trail. Let it serve as a guide to educate your children and connect them with the sights, sounds and scents of the nature you grew up with.â€ â€“ Justin Gaull, WV Division of Tourism
About the author:
Robin Broughtonâ€™s background in adventure communications includes being a competitive athlete and a professional journalist. With a PH.D. in Interpersonal Communications and currently a professor of communications and media studies at West Virginia State University, Robin formerly worked as a reporter. She has raced mountain bikes for the past 15 years, and was on a national championship mountain biking and adventure triathlon team. Robin has mountain biked in Australia, Europe, Central America and Africa, as well as throughout the eastern and western United States.