CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Want to go for a bike ride? Here are some places you can put your foot to the pedal.
Kanawha State Forest
Directions: From downtown Charleston, cross the Kanawha River on the South Side Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn left on Loudon Heights Road and continue to the "T" intersection with Bridge Road. Go left on Bridge then take the first right, onto Connell Road. At the bottom of Connell, take a sharp left onto Kanawha State Forest Road and continue to the entrance. Brown and white signs also mark the way. Total distance about 7 miles.
Inside the forest biking is allowed on roads and mountain biking on trails.
The bike route is a 7-mile loop in Kanawha City following the right of way on quiet residential streets and is a flat route for riding. The route is marked by green bike route signs and arrows.
Directions: From the 57th Street trailhead, on the river side of MacCorkle Avenue, ride west on Kanawha Avenue. At the end of Kanawha Avenue, the route turns left, then right, onto Virginia Avenue going under the 35th and 36th Street bridges. The route then turns right at 33rd Street and back onto Kanawha Avenue, affording views of the Kanawha River and the Capitol in the distance.
Turn left onto 29th Street, then right onto Frontage Road, then right onto 27th Street (just before the entrance to MacCorkle Avenue). Veer left onto Kanawha Avenue heading toward the University of Charleston.
At the school veer left and left again onto Cherokee Avenue. This takes you back to Frontage Road and you reverse your route until you reach 37th Street. Continue straight on Virginia Avenue, enjoying the many tree-lined stretches as you ride through quiet neighborhoods. The route does a few turns around 45th and 47th streets, but soon you are back on Virginia Avenue, heading east toward the 57th Street trailhead.
Time: Up to an hour, depending on stops to admire the views. Suited for everyone. The route is on city streets; children and adults alike should take care.