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Canadian Goose with chicks















Popular for bicycling, fishing and camping, the Cedar Creek Road Backway of Gilmer County wanders 42 miles from WV Route 5 to Interstate 79. Because the route is divided into four zones of varied characteristics, the adventurous can enjoy the route from one end to the other, while those with limited means or time can enjoy the Backway one zone at a time. To get a feel for the Backway path, visit our online map.

Mount Pisgah Church and Cemetery Zone One:
Lower Cedar Creek

Beginning on WV Route 5 at historic Pisgah Church, this zone offers a rolling, unpaved, gravel path through the wide natural valleys. Although appropriate for motorized vehicles, this natural wildlife area can be most appreciated by those on foot, bicycle, or horseback. A popular crossing for turkey, groundhog, deer and raccoon, the shaded path also runs past the home of hawk and the great blue heron.

Hand Pump for One Room School well
Zone Two:
Cedar Creek Road

Zone two is a paved, mostly shaded trek perfect for joggers and bicycling families. The most popular feature of this region is Cedar Creek State Park. The park features three lakes, 45 campsites, a swimming pool, picnic pavilions, volleyball and tennis courts and miniature golf. Historic features include a One-Room School Teacher Memorial, a reconstructed one-room school, and a restored cabin.

Cedar Creek Backway bridge
Zone Three:
Cedarville and Exchange

Zone Three is a paved path through the small historic towns of Cedarville and Exchange where most buildings date from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. Visitors to Cedarville are welcome to view the Butcher old-time watering trough, historic landmark Cedarville School, and the General Store, which dates back to the Civil War era. In Exchange, the old mill still stands, and old bullet holes still poke through the once-ornate ceilings of the General Store and post office.

Backway Church Steeple
Zone Four:
The Spur

The most challenging section of the Backway, the Spur is a bicycle enthusiast's delight, but is not appropriate for recreational vehicles or low-riding cars. This unpaved path makes an arduous climb up CR 19/22 to Sunshine Church before rattling back down hill to CR 10/4. The Spur then turns northwest toward Cedar Creek where it catches Route 10 back into Zone Three.

Backway Map 


Designated by the state for its scenic, historic, natural and recreational resources, the back way follows Cedar Creek, and passes through
 Cedar Creek
State Park

If you would like to travel the Cedar Creek Road Backway, have a look at our map.

Pisgah Church Cemetery, in Zone One, is home to the burial sites of several Civil War veterans and one War of 1812 veteran.

Along Route 33/119, where Zone One and Two meet at a local one-room church, there is a hand-pump well with drinkable water available for public use.

The three lakes at Cedar Creek State Park are stocked seasonally with trout, muskie, bass and catfish. The park is home to more than 14 miles of
Hiking Trails.