WEST VIRGINIA TRAIL RUNS

If you have a cool run or running area that you would like to share, how about writing a description.  If maps or links are available that would be good, but not necessary. Eventually we might be able to compile a log of West Virginia trail runs. There are several good hiking publications and many website sources for information. Here are a few;  Monongahela National Forest , Mon National Forest Hiking Guide, New River Gorge/Beckley Area , Books on West Virginia - Maps, Travel Guides, Mary Ingles Trail Blazers, West Virginia Hiking Trails


Cacapon State Park 

Difficulty of Trails - 4/10

Located in the eastern panhandle of the West Virginia.  Cacapon State Park is the gem of Morgan County.  The park contains 20 miles of trails, several of which offer great views from Cacapon Mountain (elevation 2400ft).     Cacapoon_Map.jpg (372931 bytes)
Suggested Run:  Visit the lodge for a trail map (restrooms available).  Leave the lodge parking lot, run across the street to the cabin area and find the trailhead for the Laurel Trail.  Run up the Laurel Trail until it intersects with the Ziler Loop Trail.  Run south/left on the Ziler Loop Trail (steep and rocky) to the top of the mountain (1200 ft of elevation gain).  You shorten the run by taking the Ziler Trail off the mountain or make it longer by taking the Central Trail back to Laurel Trail into the lodge.  Enjoy the great vistas from the top Mt. Cacapon.  Please see map for more details.

More information at:
www.cacaponresort.com

Posted by:
Daniel Todd


Kanawha State Forest 

Difficulty of Trails - 7/10

KSF, located 7 miles south of Charleston, is the site several trail runs including the Dirty Dog 15k and the Rattlesnake Trail 50k. There are many miles of trail along Davis Creek, the ridge tops, and along the hollows that connect them. Most climbs are approximately 500 feet. These maps are available at the park office on Davis Creek.       KSF_Mapweb.jpg (191099 bytes)
Suggested Run: Start at the parking lot on the left at the Park Entrance below the lake. Cross the wooden foot bridge beside the swing set and take a right on Davis Creek trail. Stay on this trail until you come the big parking lot for the pool. Run up the left hand holler by the pool to Alligator Rock Trail. This is a steep, rocky trail with some pretty cool switchbacks and a rock that looks like a giant reptile. At the top, take a right on Middle Ridge Road, then a left on Middle Ridge Trail (my favorite trail in the whole forest). This is an awesome single-track trail with rolling terrain. The trail crosses Middle Ridge Road five times, Shrewsberry Road once, and eventually ends on a gas well road (c-29). From here you could either (a) turn it into an out and back run, or (b) take a right on the gas well road for about 1 mile, go down white Hollow Trail, which will take you back down to Davis Creek Trail and then down stream to the start.

More information at:
www.kanawhastateforest.com

Posted by:
Mike Dolin


Holly River State Park 

Difficulty of Trails - 5/10

Holly River SP in Webster County is the second largest park in the state and offers some superb trail running. Trails are under-utilized but still well maintained in the main east section of the park, however the few routes in the west section are a bit more obscure. The rustic CCC era park offers camping, swimming, trout fishing, a small restaurant and more. For more park info and travel directions go to their website.
Trail Map
Suggested Run:  The parking lot at the Park Office affords a central location for access to several trails. You can also pick up the trail map depicted here.  

More information at:
www.hollyriver.com

Posted by:
Dan Lehmann


Canaan Mountain - Monongahela NF Tucker County

Difficulty of Trails - 6/10

The Canaan Mt. is situated south of the Blackwater Canyon between Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley State Parks.  There are great views of the canyon from Lindy Point and other vantage points. The trails are moderately rocky and relatively dry. These maps show approximately 30 miles of single track and 25 miles of dirt Forest Service roads. There are other other trial systems to the north across the Blackwater Canyon and southeast on Dolly Sods. 
Topo Maps
Printable trail map

 

Suggested Run: The attached map shows numerous connecting loop runs.
There is one access trail off Rt. 72 near Hendricks, but the three best access points are 1) in Blackwater Falls SP from either the lodge parking lot or the Lindy Point parking area, 2) along Rt. 32 1.5 miles south of Davis at the Plantation Trailhead,
3) from the south end of the Canaan Loop Road near Canaan Heights.    

More information at:
Blackwater Falls State Park
Monongahela National Forest

Posted by:
Dan Lehmann


Kumbrabow State Forest

Difficulty of Trails - 5/10

Kumbrabow State Forest has some great running. Trails are well maintained and very runnable. Climbs from Mill Creek to the ridgetop range from 600'-800' with  highest elevations near 3800'. Winter running can be extreme. This is a state forest not a park so facilities are more spartan. There is a pay shower that is open in the summer months near the park office. It is labeled for campers only...... but??   
Topo Maps

 

Suggested Run: The gated Rich Mt. Fire Trail on Turkeybone Rd is a good place for a long loop. Other parking areas at the park office and the picnic area afford good trail access 

More information at:
Kumbrabow State Forest

Posted by:
Dan Lehmann