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Oil Boom Loops - Sandyville - Palestine Loop


Climbing: 1,400 Feet
Rating: 3.2
Climbing per Mile: 36

Location: This ride is in Jackson, Roane, and Wirt Counties. This is a relatively flat ride (WV Flat) with two climbs. This route can be accessed from Exit 146 (Silverton/Ravenswood) of Interstate 77.

Getting there; From Charleston, take I-77 North 47 miles to the Silverton Exit. Take a right on Co. 56 and go 3.7 miles to Rt. 21. Take a left and follow Rt. 21 1.3 miles to New Era and the Gilmore School will be on your right. From Parkersburg, take I-77 South and get off at Silverton exit 146. Left on Co. 56 Go 3.7 miles and take a left on St. 21. Go 1.3 miles and the school will be on the right.

Reedy is another alternate starting place. 

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General Route Description

This is a flat route and there is not a major reason to ride the route in a specific direction. I like riding it counter clockwise so I'm going down grade from Sandy Summit to Palestine and I prefer going East to West on Co. 7.

New Era to Reedy - Starting at Gilmore School on route 21 in Jackson County, you take a left out of the parking lot onto Co. 21 and then left on Liverpool Road. Liverpool Road has some gentle rolls and the climb up to Sandy Summit is not bad at all. From Sandy Summit it is downgrade to Reedy. The road is in pretty good shape. There is a few pavement cracks to look out for, but overall pretty good. In Reedy is an Exxon Station and convenience store where you can get water and snacks. Last public place to top off the water bottle till Odaville, two miles from the finish.

Reedy to Palestine - Leaving Reedy, you take a left on State Route 14 heading North, down stream along Reedy Creek toward Palestine. Through the route is overall down grades, there are a couple minor grades where route 14 short cuts some big loops of Reedy Creek. You will find more traffic, but still not usually bad on route 14, but they can usually get by fairly easily. Once you pass the "Palestine" sign you still have a little ways to go before getting to the Co. 7, Garfield Road intersection.

Palestine to Odaville - Taking a left onto Co. 7, Garfield Rd. (Turkey Fork Road on the other end.) you have a gentle upgrade till you get to the bottom of the climb up to the county line. This climb starts out as 6-7% and has a 11% section near the top, but is only about 1/2 mile long. Once you cross into Jackson County, you have a nice downgrade to reward you climbing efforts and an downgrade cruise along Turkey Fork to Odaville. At the intersection with Co. 21 in Odaville is another store where you can get water and snacks. Pavement is good to fair on this section.

Odaville to New Era - Taking a left on Co. 21, you have only 2 miles back to the school in New Era, but the terrible pavement will make it seem longer. I had hopes of this section being paved in 2013, but no luck. (From Odaville North, Co. 21 has been paved in the past couple of years.) About a mile from the intersection in Odaville, off to the left on Co. 21/15 you can see the Sarvis Creek covered bridge.

Items of Interest Along the Route:

The Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge is just 1.0 of a mile South of the Co. 7 - Co. 21 intersection in Odaville on Co. 21/15.

Food and Water:

Stores are found in Reedy and Odaville along the route. There is a bulk food store on the Garfield Road, but I have not checked out what they might have.

There is are also convenience stores at the Silverton exit of Interstate 77. There are convenience stores and restaurants in Elizabeth, Ripley and Parkersburg.

Nearest Bike Shop:

Parkersburg Bicycle Shop


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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