Non-Caving Activities

The following activities have been republished from the Old Timers Reunion Offsite Activities Guide written by Doug Medville and George Dasher with permission from The Robertson Association (TRA).


Not everyone wants to go caving during OTR and there are many other interesting activities within easy driving time from the OTR site. This guide provides summary information about many places that can provide a non-caving break from the on-site OTR activities.

The section is organized by direction from the OTR site. The number in the square brackets after each title is the location’s number on the map on the back page.

GPS location were obtained from Google Maps and may be approximate.

— Tygart Valley Area —

Allegheny Highlands Trail [1]

The Allegheny Highlands Trail is an old West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railroad that connected Parsons and Elkins. The trail is 25.5 miles long, has a gravel and pavement surface, crosses U.S. 219 twice, and goes over Pheasant Mountain at the Randolph-Tucker County line. This is the closest rail trail to Old Timers, and it requires about three hours to bike. The ride requires a car shuttle, and be aware that, because Leading Creek (in Randolph County) is at a higher elevation than the Dry Fork (in Tucker County), riding north to south involves a lot more uphill than downhill when crossing Pheasant Mountain. The southern trail head is located about a mile north of the western U.S. Routes 219 and 33 intersection, on the east side of 219. The northern trail head is located about 100 yards south of the stoplight in Parsons, south of the McDonalds, on the east side of Route 219.

GPS 39.09537, -79.68007 (Northern end)
    38.93886, -79.85367 (Southern end)