The Greenbrier River Trail 

National recreation trail

the longest trail of its kind in West Virginia


Wildlife can be seen at all sections of the trail!

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A clean trail helps WV wildlife thrive!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 4 at 8:00 AM 

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A one of a kind race, in the State of West Virginia: A point-to-point full marathon (26.2 miles) on a flat/slightly downhill (1% grade) course and the inaugural half-marathon (13.1 miles - out-and-back course) on the scenic Greenbrier River Trail (GRT) in Pocahontas County, WV.  


The Marathon starts in Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and runs south on the trail, finishing at Stillwell Park, in Marlinton, WV.  USATF-certified Course!  Whereas, the Half Marathon (not-certified) will start and finish at Stillwell Park in Marlinton.   


Full Marathon: 26.2 mile course, on the Greenbrier River Trail in Pocahontas County, WV.  The trail follows the Greenbrier River south on the old railway bed with a 1% downhill average grade throughout.  The surface is packed gravel with a number of flat, wooden bridge crossings and then pavement for the last (+/-) two miles of the course.

Half Marathon: 13.1 mile course, out-and-back from Stillwell Park. The course turns right out of Stillwell Park, heading south on the Greenbrier River Trail towards Watoga State Park and back. The half marathon course only overlaps with the marathon in the last (approx.) 1/2 mile, finishing in the same location.

Full Marathon Race start is 8:00 AM - at the sound of the Train Whistle! 

Half Marathon Race start is at 9:45 AM. 

*We recommend that all runners park at the finish (Stillwell Park / Marlinton, WV) and ride the provided shuttles to the start in Cass.

Registration Rates: 

  • Jan. 1 – Feb. 15 - $55.00 (full) / $35.00 (half);

    Feb. 16 – Mar. 31st - $65.00 (full) / $45.00 (half);

    Apr 1 – July 31st - $75.00 (full) / $55.00 (half);

    Aug. 1 – Oct. 4th - $80.00 (full) / $60.00 (half)

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October 1-4, 2020

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The Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek is a 3-day, 66-mile cycling event. Join 100+ riders and volunteers on this picturesque, riverside trail and share in the camaraderie as we raise funds and awareness for lung health in the Mountain State.

This is the 33rd year of the American Lung Association's Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek! Join the event for a weekend ride on the Greenbrier River Trail through Anthony, Cass, and Marlinton. Cyclists with varying levels of experience are invited. All meals, lodging and transportation included, as well as sag service, medics and mechanics.

The event is fee-based and registration information is online at, search for upcoming events: Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek or contact Charles Johnson, event coordinator at 304-348-2420 or email

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The Mighty Greenbrier River

The Greenbrier River is one of the most charming rivers in West Virginia. At more than 150 miles long, it has great rural scenery, rich history, and excellent fishing. The Greenbrier was a Native American trail and had a big role in the development of region’s early timber industry. 

Bike Friendly

Bring your bike and gear and prepare for a beautiful ride on the Greenbrier River Trail. Our trail is suitable for all bike riders with frequent rest stops along the 78-mile trail.

Seasonal Beauty

No matter the time of year, the Greenbrier River Trail offers breath taking views of West Virginia and its unique wildlife. Be sure to bring a camera to capture and share this awesome experience with your friends and family.

About us

The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile former railroad now used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It is the longest trail of its kind in West Virginia. The trail provides many breath taking views as it passes through several small towns, crosses 35 bridges, goes through two tunnels and cuts through some of West Virginia’s most remote areas. 

The Greenbrier River Trail is one of 50 Millennium Legacy Trails in the United States, and was rated one of the top 10 hiking trails in the country by Backpacker Magazine. Cell phones work most places on the trail except for the upper reaches near the National Radio astronomy Observatory

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Events And Services

Bike Rentals

Route 66 Outpost – Cass 304-456-4288
Bike Rentals, Accessories, Food, Shuttle Service

Elk River Touring Center – Rt. 219 Slatyfork 304 572-3771
Bike Sales, Rentals, Repairs, Accessories, Lodging, Shuttle Service

Appalachian Sports – Rt. 219 Marlinton 304 799-4050
Bike Sales, Rentals, Accessories, Lodging, Shuttle Service

Dirt Bean – Second Avenue Marlinton 304 799-4038
Bike Sales, Rentals, Repairs, Accessories, Restaurant

Jack Horner's Corner – Seebert 304 653-4515
Bike Rentals, Accessories, Minor Repairs, Food, Shuttle Service

Free Spirit Adventures – Rt. 60 Caldwell 304 536-0333
Bike Rentals, Tours, Repairs, Accessories, Shuttle Service

WV Outdoor Adventures – Rt. 60 White Sulphur Springs 888 752-9982
Bike Rentals, Shuttle Service

Hammer Cycles – Rt. 60 White Sulphur Springs 304 536-0021
Bike Sales, Rentals, Repairs, Accessories

Greenbrier River Shuttles – 304 646-4660

Shuttle service

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Great Greenbrier River Race

Great Greenbrier Race In Person April 24, 2021

Solo Virtual Option begins April 17, 2021

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We are happy to announce that after many discussions and lots of effort we have received approval to move forward with planning for an in-person event on Saturday, April 24th!

This year, will still look a lot different than the race that we’re used to and will take every one of you helping, by following our safety precautions, but at least we’re a step closer to having our race back. We understand that some will not be able to join that weekend but we hope that you will be able to participate in our virtual option - which will still be open for the previously posted time (4/17 - 5/15). 

For those of you that are already registered, your options are as follow and you will soon be receiving an email about which option you choose:
- Join us in-person on 4/24, by selecting one of the wave options that work best for you (more info to follow on Facebook Page)
- Choose the virtual option (See below)
- Roll your registration forward to 2022
- Donate your registration
- Request a refund

For those that are not yet registered:
- Registration is currently open and will remain open for the virtual option;
- Registration will open beginning March 19th (at for the in-person event on 4/24 - you will be able to select the wave option that suits you but please note that each wave will be capped at no more than 75 racers (per the current Governor’s restrictions).

For those full virtual racers:
Beginning on Saturday, April 17th, and running through May 15th, 2021, you will be able to run, paddle, and pedal your way to another GGRR finish! Every weekend during this time you are more than welcome to come use our course! If you can't make it to Pocahontas County but still want to participate, feel free to use your own course as well - please just make sure that you run 3 miles, paddle 4 miles, and pedal 10 miles.

This will be a self-reporting / on-your-honor system. Once you have completed the distance(s), you can just log your times into the registration system on Please feel free to make this as convenient for you as you need by breaking up the sections of the race into multiple days or of course complete in all in one day as you normally would have. For the virtual race, we have no way of tracking teams, therefore, we will recognize solo only.

We will be posting further updates and Covid-19 precaution guidance each week leading up to race day. Please know that we appreciate your interest, cooperation, and support in our endeavor to have a successful event!
Instead of the one day event (which will hopefully be live on April 30, 2022), they are moving to a "at your own leisure" option for this year's event.

The race is held the last Saturday in April each year along the Greenbrier River Trail State Park. With great prizes, live music and good food,the event attracts a loyal following of racers and fans. Originally a team event with four members, canoeists, bicyclist and runner, the race has now attracted many people who do it solo. But there is still room for the whole family or the family dog on a team! Kayaks and canoes are both encouraged and the many categories encourage prizes for many racers.

Proceeds from entry fees and our generous sponsors allow the trail association to sponsor various projects to improve and promote the trail.

You start in Marlinton, WV run to the trail and take it north to the turn around point then right back into town, to make 3 miles, then you jump in your boat and paddle down the river to the blue bridge in Buckeye, which is about 4 miles of paddling, then you run over to your bike and ride south down the trail for a bit and turn around to head north past where you started and all the way back up to Marlinton making a 10 mile bike ride and the end of the race! Teamwork is encouraged, but if you want to do it solo, you certainly can!

Greenbrier River Trail marathon

This is a 26.2 mile course, on the Greenbrier River Trail in Pocahontas County, WV.  The trail follows the Greenbrier River south on the old railway bed with a 1% downhill average grade throughout.  The surface is packed gravel with a number of flat, wooden bridge crossings and then pavement for the last (+/-) two miles of the course.

Course Highlights:

- Starting at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (242 Main Street, Cass, WV 24927) - - the course will head south on the trail.

- The trail will provide many scenic views of the Greenbrier River and surrounding hills.  During the race the fall colors should be out in full force. 

- There will be mile markers and volunteer aid stations providing hydration.

- At mile 15 the course will pass through the old Sharp's Tunnel before crossing the highest wooden bridge on the course.  There will be some lighting provided in the tunnel. 

- The finish line will be at Stillwell Park, just South of Marlinton, WV.

Upcoming Board Meeting

1 pm, Thursday, September 19, 2019

Location: Renick Community park pavilion located between the Greenbrier River and the Greenbrier River Trail in beautiful Renick, West Virginia.

Volunteer opportunities

GRTA is currently seeking volunteers. 

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Latest Reviews

Scott C. - Ohio

What a great rail trail with plenty of amenities. Several blowdowns after sever storms but the park service was quick to clear the trail . I traveled with a group of boy scouts that cleared several trees from the trail and cleared a path through a large section of blowdown. Highly recommend.

Joyce K. - WV

We love horseback riding on the Greenbrier River Trail! There's a great place to camp with your horses at EJs Campsites. Lots of great trails. We like to go and spend a week and never get bored!

John B. - WV

Great trail and would rate as easy. Would like to go back and bike the trail. We did about 6 miles and then turned back. Great scenery and wild life . We saw 3 deer one of the does had a fawn... Would highly recommend the trail.

Greenbrier River Trail Association Board

Maggie Hutchison is a native West Virginian.  She has owned a home on the River since 1989 and in retirement it became her permanent residence. She returned to the state full time in 2013 after a successful career with the Naval Air Systems Command and subsequent consulting work.  She has applied her organizational and strategic planning skills in her leadership position with GRTA.   She loves WV and Greenbrier County and like fellow Board Members is inspired to preserve and share the beauty of the River and the Trail.  As the current Chair of the Board, she is focused on insuring the Strategic Plan developed by the Board is executed.  Public service has always been important to her as demonstrated by her Federal service and subsequent volunteer work after the 2016 Flood to include extensive disaster recovery efforts as Executive Director of Homes for White Sulphur Springs (Hope Village).  Her tenure on the Board also began one month after the Flood.

Todd was raised in West Virginia and lived in Montana most of the past 25 years before moving to Greenbrier County in 2013. Prior to returning to WV, Todd worked as a commercial bank lender and auditor. Todd enjoys biking along the Greenbrier River Trail, hiking, paddling and fly fishing the waters of the Greenbrier and the New. Todd and his wife feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful and friendly area, which values history, outdoor recreation, green space and local agriculture.



In 2000, Helen moved to Greenbrier County from Washington DC. The Trail quickly became a treasured place for her. In 2017, she joined the GRTA Board because she wanted to participate in a more active way. With fellow Board members, Harless helps raise funds to repair the Trail and replace facilities. Her former career as a professional fundraiser for nonprofits has continued on a volunteer basis. She has served on the Board of the Greenbrier County Public Library during the campaign to build the new library. In addition, Harless has served on the Boards of Greenbrier Valley Master Gardeners and the Shepherd's Center.As she walks the Trail, Harless counts herself lucky to have this priceless resource. Together, we will protect the Trail for everyone's benefit. 

Nancy is a retired vocational rehabilitation counselor who worked for the WV Div. of Rehabilitation Services for more than 30 years. Grateful for the joy, the good health, and the friendships that bicycling the Trail has provided over the years, she lucked into an opportunity to give back to the Trail that has meant so much to her, when superintendent, Jody Spencer, allowed her to clean the bathrooms on the Trail, following the torrential rains in June 2016 that badly damaged the Trail and required the full attention of the maintenance crew. Around that same time, she joined the Board of GRTA, which has provided additional opportunities to volunteer on the Trail and to involve others who love the trail and want to give back. Trail maintenance and improvements through volunteer efforts are her primary focus.

Tim Helmick is a native West Virginian, who was privileged to grow up in Pocahontas County.  He is married and the father of three grown children.  Tim is a self-employed real estate appraiser in the Greenbrier Valley, and a running enthusiast.    He can be seen running on the Greenbrier River Trail 2 – 3 times per week, and has participated in both the Greenbrier River Trail Marathon and the Great Greenbrier River Race.  As a GRTA board member since the spring of 2019, he is particularly interested in the maintenance of the trail.    

Leslee McCarty lives in Lewisburg. She owned and operated The Current Bed and Breakfast at Beard on the river trail for 21 years. After hearing about a race in Oregon from a friend, she and her friends, Gil and Mary Willis and John Walkup, decided we needed such a race on the Greenbrier River and Trail..thus the Great Greenbrier River Race was born after the 1985 flood. The 2020 Covid disaster is the first time the race has had to be cancelled! Leslee is a ninth generation West Virginian and holds a Masters of Social Work from WVU. The trail and the Association have been a part of her life for over thirty years, and she is proud to welcome so many great board members to the team working to promote and improve the GRT!  

Dale McCutcheon is a native of Greenbrier County and a lifelong involvement in hiking and biking.  He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science, and has been employed as an environmental health specialist in public health offices in several areas of West Virginia.  He has also worked as an environmental consultant, primarily involved in   research and mitigation involving water and air pollution issues.  He is a licensed building contractor, enabling him to design and coordinate construction of two shelters and a public restroom with volunteer labor on the trail over the last few years.  He brings years of involvement in nonprofits to the board, having formerly served as executive director of Greenbrier Habitat for Humanity and on several other local committees and organizations involved in the welfare of the public and the environment.  His favorite getaways are hiking the Appalachian Trail and mountain climbing in the Rockies.

Dr. Liz Prichard joined the GRTA Board in Fall 2019. She comes to the Board with a Doctorate in Public Administration and Public Policy from Virginia Tech. Her doctoral research focused on sustainable community development in boom and bust economies. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University. Prichard spent several years in Washington DC as a development associate for a nonpartisan policy think tank. Her tenure in nonprofit development informs her volunteer position with GRTA where she works to build institution and foster institutional relationships toward collaborative and inclusive Trail projects. She enjoys family, music, and travel.

Mary moved to Pocahontas County, WV in 1983 to join her soon to be husband Gil in a partnership immersed in the outdoor beauty of the region. Together they have operated Elk River Touring Center, Inn and restaurant in Slatyfork in some form for over 37 years.They discovered the Greenbrier River Trail and provided bike rentals and shuttles to the new state trail. Mary and Gil were founding members of the Greenbrier River Trail Association, a citizens group created to support the trail

After the flood of 1985, in an effort to cast a light on the importance of the trail, the Association hosted the 'Great Greenbrier River Race' in April of 1986. Mary and a team from the Association and other trail users established a successful event which is now an annual event and a major fundraiser for ongoing maintenance projects on the trail.  

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