Hiking West Virginia
by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)
© Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
I followed the trail guide but it needs to be updated. There is now a parking area at the trail head but its hard to find until you walk down the road from the identified "two fire roads" in the guide. At the parking lot the trail is clearly marked, however the trail follows white blazes on the way out. The first 1.5 miles of the hike is easy and very flat. After that it starts to rise to the pee wee point trail. The section near the pee wee point trail head is a little confusing but if you look around you can find the sign that marks the trail. You will find alot of work by DNR in the area buts its open enough to see where you are going. Once on the pee wee trail you will need to start looking for blue blazes and pay attention to where the trail move off to the left. The area is overgrown, I missed it the first time. I did make it to the first road and then turned back. In general the trail is in good condition. There are some new trees down from the thunder storm from a few weeks ago. I saw evidence of mount bike tracks but when I was there for about 4 hours I did not see another person. In all liked this hike and will be going back to try and do all 8 mikes out to the lake.
Tuscarora Trail (Northeast) has a trailhead problem. As people have built houses on the old trail head. By following the directions the book appears to start on someone’s driveway where the two fire roads were. A no-parking sign has been posted halfway up a tree. Further down the gravel road someone painted blue rings and blue blazes. The blazes head off into the woods in the correct direction, but there is no evidence that anyone has walked it in years. In the opposite direction there is a new gate with lots of no trespassing signs. Deep in the woods to the northwest a clear yellow blazed trail (I can guess, Historic packhorse trail) heads off into the no trespassing area. There was evidence of white blazes and I found old blue blazes that had been covered up with black paint.
The best bet was before the leveling out of the gravel road. In front of the log cabin with the nice iron gate on the opposite side of the gravel road there are new blue blazes heading west into the woods someone has cleared the leaves and well marked it. Although, there was no evidence of boots in the dirt. There was little ability to park here. You are right on the gravel road. Unfortunately the weather prevented me from investigating further.
This start needs a clear Trail Head sign.
The e-trails description for Tuscarora Trail (Northeast) in West Virginia is about 4 years out of date. The southern half now goes on a completely different ridge. Found it out the hard way, by wandering around for a day. From Trails.com customer.
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