My first Moon Rocks experience was during the 24 Hours of Canaan mountain bike relay race in 1994. I was on a five person team called Psycho Bike. I was a new mountain biker still living in Morgantown after graduating West Virginia University with a degree in International Studies. On a five person team, there needed to be a least one woman team member. I wasn't a good mountain biker yet at that point and the team wouldn't let me do a night lap because they thought it would jeopardize the good team standing. I was actually happy about that because I had never ridden anything as gnarly as that. The whole course was hard, but the Moon Rocks was so next level difficult.
I survived and shortly after that moved to Davis for good and have been riding Moon Rocks ever since. When folks come to town to ride bikes with me, we ride Moon Rocks. It's still difficult, but oh so fun and unique. I'm not going to lie, the trails need tons of work right now. The legacy of the Blackwater 100 combined with laisse faire landowners and a tiny trail club has left some mud puddles that would swallow a Ford Fiesta and some major ruts. The Moon Rocks are the big special feature for bikers to play on, but Yellow Creek and it's headwaters is the special thing for nature lovers.
The great news is that the WV Land Trust is in final phases of fundraising to purchase the 900 acres that contain Moon Rocks and Yellow Creek. They would be buying it from the Vandalia Heritage Foundation to preserve it for both recreation and conservation You can still donate! https://www.wvlandtrust.org/rec-access/moon-rocks-at-the-yellow-creek-preserve/
Read more in this article by Brian Sarfino of the Canaan Valley CVB