Cycling Scenic West Virginia - Kenna Loop

  • Dog Fork Road
  • Dog Fork Road
  • Dog Fork Road
  • Bibbee Ridge
  • Bibbee Ridge
  • Fishers Ridge
  • Fishers Ridge
Dog Fork Road1 Dog Fork Road2 Dog Fork Road3 Bibbee Ridge4 Bibbee Ridge5 Fishers Ridge6 Fishers Ridge7

Kenna Loop

Overview

Length: 27.7
Climbing: 1,990
Rating: 2.4
Climbing Per Mile:72

Though less than 30 miles, this rides has enough climbing to test your legs. Bibbee and Fishers Ridges gives you some great vistas to take your mind off the rolling terrain. There are a several options to change the route up, if riding it multiple times.

Location

This ride is in Southern Jackson County and Northern Putnam County and just touching on Kanawha County in a couple places. The first 8.5 miles are fairly flat, and the next 16.4 are rolling ridge ridging, across Bibbee and Fishers Ridges. The ridges provide some great vistas. This is a good early season warm-up to longer rides with similar terrain.

Directions to start from Charleston: Take I-77 North to exit 116. From the exit ramp, take a right and an immediate left on Rt. 21. Go one mile and take a right at the end of the bridge on route 4/2 (Road to Rippling Waters Campground). Go 0.4 miles and park in the Fisher Chapel church lot on the right. An alternate starting place (especially if they are having church services) would be the Park-N-Ride at the exit. From Parkersburg, take I-77 South to exit 116. Left off the exit and left again on Rt. 21. Go 1 mile and take a right at the end of the bridge. Go 0.4 miles and and park in the Fisher Chapel Church. Map of Start Location

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For a longer route from the same location try the Jim Ridge Loop.

General Description

Start to Bibbie Ridge: Taking a left out of the parking lot, you take the next right onto route 21 which is a two lane striped road. Traffic is usually light, as I-77 takes most of the thru traffic. You head north on route 21 and pass under I-77 before arriving at the rural community of Goldtown. When you get to Goldtown, you will take a left on 21/37, Dog Town Road. This is a narrow single lane paved road. Be ready to stop to let passing traffic (if you meet any) by. This follows Dog Fork up stream at a gentle incline for 4 miles before arriving at the first climbing challenge of the ride. This is a steep 0.4 mile climb up to Bibbee ridge that starts out at about 15 percent before settling down to 8-10 percent the remainder of the way.

Bibbie Ridge to Kenna: Arriving at the top of the climb on Dog Fork, you take a right on State 34, another two lane striped road. .Bibbee Ridge is anything but flat with a couple big dips and climbs in it, before coming to the intersection with Rt. 21 again at Divide Hill. Taking a left on Rt. 21, you begin an immediate descent, and then a short flat stretch to Kenna. At Kenna, you take a right off of Rt. 21, but continuing to follow State 34. You continue straight on this road, passing under I-77 as the road continues to climb and there is a gas station on the right. This is the one source of drinks and snacks on the route. (Just past the store, Cty.19/4 goes left. This is a shorter, flatter route to the finish if your legs are feeling tired.)

Kenna to Finish: Leaving the store, you have a short steep ramp to finish the climb on what is now Co. 19 (state 34 terminates at the interstate) , and you bare right at the top. You have a short down hill, another short climb, one more short descent and climb before arriving at the interaction of county 19/9, Fishers Ridge Road. This is where the Optional Route diverges from main route. Taking a right on 19/9, you begin a few more miles of ridge riding. Pavement on this section is more patchy and needs more attention than other sections of the ride. Fishers Ridge has the same rolling terrain as Bibbee Ridge. At the end of Ridge, you begin the twisting descent of Fishers Ridge (watch your speed) that comes out on Co. 21. Take a left on Co. 21, you retrace your route for the last 2.4 Miles to the finish.

Optional Route:

Fishers Ridge to Finish: Rather then taking a right Co. 19/4, you continue straight on Co. 19 for another 0.4 miles and take a right on Sugar Creek, Co. 42 in a dip in the road. Sugar Creek Road has several sections where the pavement is broken up across the road, the first on the downhill right after turning on to it. The road surface between these sections is pretty good. Sugar Creek Road is a narrow road, so be careful when meeting oncoming traffic. Most of the six plus miles you are on Sugar Creek, you will be descending to the Middle Fork of the Pocatalico River, as opposed to the rolling ridge riding of the main Fishers Ridge Route. Arriving at the bottom of Fishers Creek, you take a right onto Co. 42. This is a wider, but still an un-stripped country road. The surface is heavy and patchy the remaining 4.2 miles to the finish, with a couple small ascents around the Rippling Waters Campground (Private). You will arrive at the start/finish from the opposite direction of the start.

County 19/2 offers an easier and a two mile shorter route back to route 21, but it has sections of VERY heavy pavement, and even a short section of gravel.

Items of Interest Along the Route

No items of significant interest along the route. Plenty of great scenery. Around the third week of October, you usually find some great Fall foliage on this route.


Water and Food

The Exxon Station at Kenna is the only reliable source of water/food on the route.

Lodging

Charleston offers numerous lodging and dining opportunities.

Nearest Bike Shops:

Disclaimer

The listing of routes on this site is not a guarantee of the safety of the route. Cycling has inherent risks and riders skills vary. Traffic conditions vary by time of day, season and local events. Road conditions can vary and change and may change dramatically over one winter season. Riders need to ride within their capabilities and be alert for road hazards and traffic at all times.

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