Youth Camps and Clinics with BICP Certified Instructors. Photo by Jay Young. Feature image by Jay Young.
Fayetteville, West Virginia’s Arrowhead Bike Farm — a restaurant, campground and full-service bike shop with mountain bike rentals — is eager to show off some exciting changes this upcoming season.
“We are kicking things off with the opening of our brand new bike shop along with many more updates, upgrades, and improvements,” said Bike Shop Manager and Co-owner Adam Stephens.
The team at Arrowhead Bike Farm began construction on the new bike shop in fall 2019. The 1,400 square-foot facility is now complete and will open on March 6. Arrowhead is Shimano (or S-TEC) and BBI mechanic-certified as well as an authorized Trek and Pivot dealer. The new shop will sell and service these and other brands along with a complete line of accessories, tools, helmets, shoes, tires, and apparel.
“Our goal at Arrowhead Bike Farm is simple: we want people to ride bikes and have fun,” Stephens said. “We offer camps, clinics, guided trips, and mountain bike rentals if you don’t have your own ride. Stop in and get geared up before hitting the trail! You can share some stories over beer and some great food and camp here, too. Plus, we’ve recently improved, upgraded, and added to our RV sites.”
Last year, Arrowhead added Travis Brown to its team. Brought on to create and manage Arrowhead’s bike programs, Brown is a BICP Level 2 Certified mountain bike instructor and Wilderness First Responder. He has created a number of mountain biking clinics, camps and guided mountain bike tours that will be available during the upcoming season, including a Women’s Weekend and a Youth Mountain Bike Camp for younger riders. The camps will be separated into sessions for 6-11 and 12-17-year-olds.
“We will have a number of quality camps, clinics, and tours that cover different skills and riding levels. We just want more folks to have fun on bikes and are excited to create a space for it,” said Brown.
The Handle Bar, Arrowhead’s restaurant and taproom that is connected to the new bike shop, is in the midst of a complete menu revamp. New offerings will include grab-and-go breakfast items, sandwiches, barbecue and, as always, local craft beer. Adena Joy, Arrowhead Bike Farm’s Food and Beverage Director, has years of restaurant experience and plans to add to the menu throughout the season.
“Being a part of the kitchen team here at Arrowhead is an awesome new challenge that I’m ready to tackle,” said Ms. Joy. “I can’t wait to share some of the new culinary creations we’ve come up with, many of which were inspired by my time in restaurants around Fayetteville as well as my travels to New Mexico, Colorado and other places across the country.”
The campground at Arrowhead Bike Farm has proven to be extremely popular with mountain bikers and other adventurers, such as climbers, kayakers and rafters, because of its convenient location to popular trailheads, crags, and put-ins in the New River Gorge area. The dead-simple field camping option is an inexpensive and easy way to set up camp and quickly access all of the nearby adventures. Wooded sites, including group sites, are available, and Arrowhead has also added RV sites with electricity and water that are new this season.
“Folks that visit always comment about the convenience of our location. Our guests are right next to Long Point Trail, and they can ride from their campsite or vehicle — and we welcome you to park here — to the Arrowhead Trails, Fayetteville Town Park Trails and connect through those to more longer rides,” said Stephens. “We have many rock climbers that camp or simply stop in on their way to and from Kaymoor Top, and see paddlers on their way to Cunard. We are close to all the action in the New River Gorge.”