Bike Trails WV. Greenbrier River Trail
Raw file: Greenbrier River Trail.gpx (526.61 KB)
My wife, brother and I are bicycle enthusiasts who enjoy riding the ever increasing number of rail / canal trails mostly in the Northeastern US. We also do volunteer work for NOAA by recovering US Coast & Geodetic Survey Benchmarks. We often combine these hobbies while trail riding.
Information on Benchmarks is available here: http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/.
Unlike geocaching, benchmark hunting serves a valuable purpose by providing NOAA with updates on the condition of their 700,000+ benchmarks across the Unites States.
We have been riding these trails for over 10 years now and I decided to share some of the .GPX files I’ve created. The files were compiled using a variety of resources including:
NOAA - http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/
Garmin’s Mapsource & Basecamp software
USCGS Topographic GPS Map Files. Available free and legal for many States here: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/
Google Earth & Google Maps
Garmin’s Birds Eye Imagery
Various Internet & Print resources including:
Trail Link’s Greenbrier River Trail page: http://www.traillink.com/trail/greenbrier-river-trail.aspx
Greenbrier River Trail Brochure: http://www.greenbrierrailtrailstatepark.com/milepostdescript...
WV State Parks Green brier River Trail website: http://www.greenbrierrailtrailstatepark.com/
Pocahontas County Greenbrier River Trail website: http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/greenbrier_river_trail.asp...
This file contains information for West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail. The 78 mile crushed stone trail closely follows the Greenbrier River on its descent from Cass WV. South to Caldwell. The scenic views, three major bridges and two tunnels make for a very interesting hike or bike outing. The trail was named Trail of the Month in June 2012 by Rails to Trails magazine.
These .GPX files include tracks for trails, waypoints for significant features along trails, parking areas, bicycle shops along or adjacent to trails, campgrounds and USCGS Benchmarks along or near trails. All waypoints include elevation data for use in plotting trail slope and planning outings.
Anyone interested in Benchmark hunting can obtain detailed data sheets for each mark by going here: http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ds_pid.prl The PID is the waypoint name symbolized by the color coded cube icons. Green= Recovered within the last 10 years. Blue= No recent recovery but set in a massive structure which still exists. Red= Likely missing or reported destroyed.
Free, legal, 24K and 100K topo map downloads for the states with these trails are available here: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/ Segments of these maps covering the above trails can be loaded into many older handheld GPS receivers with limited memory by using Garmin’s Mapinstall program available here: http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3291
I’ll post more trail files as I update and clean them up.
I always enjoy conversing with fellow bike trail enthusiasts so please feel free to contact me with comments, questions, inclusions or revisions. – Enjoy!
charlesd45 - Jan 17, 2016