Laurel to Ziler Loop Trail

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

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A pleasant loop hike to the crest of Cacapon Mountain, through a forest filled with blueberry, and past the park lake. If you are hiking in the Cacapon area in summer and notice few leaves on the trees or the ground covered with green leaf pieces, look on the branches for a medium-sized, lightly fuzzy caterpillar with red spots. The oaks in the area have been battling gypsy moths, a species brought to the United States in the late 1860s to produce silk. The moth escaped, and by the 1890s defoliation was occurring. Although gypsy moth larvae will feed on many tree species, oaks are their favorite. In areas with severe infestation, trees may be totally defoliated. Special attractions: Mountain and lakeside views, mountain laurel blooming in June.
Hiking West Virginia

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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

A pleasant loop hike to the crest of Cacapon Mountain, through a forest filled with blueberry, and past the park lake. If you are hiking in the Cacapon area in summer and notice few leaves on the trees or the ground covered with green leaf pieces, look on the branches for a medium-sized, lightly fuzzy caterpillar with red spots.

The oaks in the area have been battling gypsy moths, a species brought to the United States in the late 1860s to produce silk. The moth escaped, and by the 1890s defoliation was occurring. Although gypsy moth larvae will feed on many tree species, oaks are their favorite. In areas with severe infestation, trees may be totally defoliated. Special attractions: Mountain and lakeside views, mountain laurel blooming in June.

©  Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Berkeley Springs
Length: 6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,250 feet
Local Contacts: Cacapon Resort State Park
Local Maps: USGS Great Cacapon, Ridge
Topo Map: Laurel to Ziler Loop Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking West Virginia Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

3/15/2008

no amazing vistas, but a solid, somewhat tough hike up the mountain and back down, with a strange but interesting abandoned barn on the mountaintop (interesting for photographers like me). the directions were very thorough, though i'd add that the trailhead is near cabin 23, not 24 as stated in the guidebook.

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