Tent Camping Heaven
Mountain bikers especially shouldn't miss Pocahontas. Two loops marked for the pedaling set leave directly from the campground. The Middle Mountain Route leaves the campground and goes left on WV 92 to Forest Road 790. Climb FS 790, a gated road, to Forest Road 962. Travel 6 miles north to the Middle Mountain Trail for some single-track action, then on down to West Virginia 39, then right again on WV 92 for a 13-mile loop.
The Lockridge Mountain Route is a little easier. Turn right out of the campground on WV 92, then right on WV 39 for 0.5 mile. Turn left on Forest Road 55, then start your return on the gated Forest Road 345 and circle back via Rimel Picnic Area. This is a 13-mile loop, too. These marked bike routes are explained on a kiosk at the campground.
Hikers and bikers can enjoy the Two Lick Run Trail that starts at the front of the campground. It is a 4.6-mile pathway that climbs up Middle Mountain and swings around the head of the Two Lick watershed to make a loop. A shorter 1.8-mile loop uses the Two Lick Bottom Trail and part of the Two Lick Run Trail.
The nearby Laurel Creek Trail leaves Rimel Picnic Area, back on WV 39. The trail follows an old railroad grade to climb up and reach a backpacker's shelter at 5 miles, then circles around the slopes of Lockridge Mountain, returning to the picnic area at mile 8.
Supplies can be had back in Marlinton. It is but 4 miles to the mineral springs at Minnehaha. Pocahontas is one place where you shouldn't let an occasional passing car ruin your tent-camping experience.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication