Local Rides and Resources
The Weekly Rides! These rides depart from the parking lot immediately in front of The Tiny Corner Bike Shop every Tuesday at 5:30 PM and every Saturday at 9:00 AM during the late spring, summer, and early fall. Riders are grouped by ability level so no one gets left behind. Best of all, these rides were founded by the Vagabond Taproom, so post-ride beverages, food, and friends are only a stone's throw away!
Pleasant Valley Roads
Perhaps the best roads in Garrett County for cycling. Quiet, scenic, and mostly-car free, these roads can be accessed from Oakland via Underwood Hills Road or the wide shoulder on 219. Highlights include Pleasant Valley Road, Blue Ribbon Road, and Monte Vista Road.
Deep Creek Lake State Park and Fork Run
Two wonderful trail systems in nearby Deep Creek Lake that have seen an enormous amount of work in the past few year, thanks to the trail advocacy of Garrett Trails and the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA).
Oakland City Trails
Maybe you want something a little closer and calmer. The town of Oakland has constructed several miles of paved and gravel rail-trails that start right in front of the bike shop and link in with the town's historical Civil War trails. You'll ride past where the incredible, 300 room Oakland Hotel once stood and see where Union soldiers once camped.
Stemple Ridge Road
The best kept road cycling secret in Preston and Tucker County. This nine-mile road begins in Aurora, West Virginia, is well-paved, and runs along the spine of Stemple Ridge. Sweeping vistas offer views of thirty to fifty miles on a clear day. When looped with Location Road and Limestone Road, this ride can easily approach 35-40 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing. Previously part of the Tour of Tucker County road race. Come prepared to climb!
Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Parks
Some great, lesser-known mountain bike trails that are located only a few miles away from town. Check out the ten mile trail that connects these two beautiful state park -- or roll around on the multitude of gravel roads that reach all the way to Cranesville Swamp in Preston County. Miles upon miles of possibilities.