The Smith OEDC's mission is to utilize West Virginia’s outdoor assets to ignite the state’s economy and enhance the quality of life for West Virginians first through outdoor recreation.
By partnering with leaders and organizations such as the Mylan Park Foundation and Youth Cycling Coalition, we aim to inspire and support West Virginians to leverage their outdoor resources for recreation and community.
Provide the steppingstones for West Virginia's next generation of innovators, educators and outdoor enthusiasts through programs linking education, recreation and development.
Through the Smith OEDC's mission and vision, we are working with our partners toward a trail within a mile of every home in Morgantown, and well on our way! Please join us for opening celebrations on Tuesday and family-friendly events all week.
At West Run Woods Trailhead - Get Directions
The West Run Woods trail is the first of its kind in Morgantown and the start of larger WVU trail initiative to improve health, attract talent and enhance quality of life while introducing examples and research opportunities to support communities across the state. The first phase of the West Run Woods Trail System includes the area's first gravity flow trail, allowing riders of all ability levels to learn and experience mountain biking in a new way.
At Mylan Park Groundbreaking Location
Mylan Park was chosen out of a national selection process for a world-class, multimillion-dollar action sports and bike park complex that encompasses learning, inclusivity and large-scale events. This destination facility will be one of the largest of its kind in the Eastern U.S.
At University High School Location
The Monongalia County school district has added a Project Bike Tech classroom and curriculum to University High School. This innovative program uses bicycles and bicycle mechanics to teach core and STEM academics, along with technical and mechanical skills, to prepare students to enter the workforce and introduce them to small business operations.
Meet at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater, 185 Garret St
Gather the family and explore the city on two wheels with Bike Morgantown's Motown Social Ride! Come meet other cyclists and enjoy a casual bicycle stroll through town. This ride is family-friendly, but may not be suitable for young children due to the hills, on-street riding and nature of riding in Morgantown.
At West Run Woods Trailhead - Get Directions
Have you always wondered about trail building? Well, it's not all just digging in the dirt. Get the 101 with renowned IMBA trail builder and the Smith OEDC's Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Coordinator, Rich Edwards. The trail-building curious and seasoned veterans alike will learn about the tools and techniques used to construct Morgantown’s newest trail system and get a sneak peek of the following phases.
At Westover City Park Trail
Call your friends and let the kids ride during this fun group mountain bike ride. Stay for a social with pizza and pop at the park pavilion afterward!
Spring 2023 | West Run Woods Trails
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day introduces the joy of mountain biking to the next generation. Hundreds of thousands of youth have discovered and celebrated the joy of pedaling two wheels on dirt at TKMBD events. Many have gone on to become passionate riders, volunteer trail advocates and even high school mountain bike racers.
|9:00 am - 3:00 pm||TKMBD Celebrations||Skills Loop Open
Expo Booths Open
Rocky Mountain Bikes Demo
Trail Building Demonstrations
|9:30 am||Foundational MTB Skills - Jumping & Pumping||FREE 2-Hour Beginner Clinic with NICA's Phil Waidner
Focus on foundational skills needed for pumping and jump control.
|10:30 am||30-Minute Basic Bike Repair Clinic||Bike Repair 101 with Project Bike Tech|
|11:00 am||Trail Building Tools & Techniques Demonstration||Check out the machine's and tools with Rich Edwards|
|11:30 am||30-Minute Bike Fitting Session||Bike fitting with [Bike Shop]|
|12:00 pm||Free Lunch!||Hot Dog Cookout & Bike Smoothies|
|12:30 pm||Intermediate MTB Skills - Jumping & Pumping||FREE 2-Hour Intermediate Clinic with Phil Waidner
Focus on pumping through berms to gain speed and basic jumping.
|1:00 pm||Fastest Tire Change Competition||Do you have what it takes? Sign up at the Smith OEDC tent.|
|3:00 pm||Intermediate MTB Skills - Jumping & Pumping||FREE 2-Hour Intermediate Clinic with Phil Waidner
Focus on control in the air for safer and more fun jumping.
Phil Waidner’s mountain bike love started early growing up in Indiana but blossomed into an obsession during his college years in Asheville, NC. Considering his mountain bike roots to always be Pisgah, Phil has traveled the world seeking out adventures on the bike. Combining his experience as a BICP Instructor Trainer, AMGA climbing instructor and PSIA ski instructor, Phil has developed a wide variety of co-ed youth programs blending traditional outdoor education philosophies with action sports.
Merging his interests in outdoor education and mountain biking, Phil developed MTB programs for a variety of summer camps and outdoor education programs across the country. He then spent time guiding and instructing in China, Bolivia and Colorado before landing in WV where he developed mountain bike, BMX, skateboard, and ATV programs for the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a large Boy Scouts of America national facility.
Phil currently works for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association developing their Camps and Teen Trail Corps programs for middle and high school age mountain bikers. He also co-owns the Arrowhead Bike Farm, a New River Gorge gathering point for adventurers of all kinds
When he’s not mountain biking, he can often be found exploring on his dirt bike, rock climbing, hiking, or just relaxing in the nearest swimming hole.