Thorny Creek Trail

Marlinton, West Virginia

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A long loop hike through the heart of the state forest. Seneca State Forest’s 23 miles of trails include sections of the Greenbrier Rail Trail and the Allegheny Trail. The sheltered creek bottom along Thorny Creek Trail is the home to a thriving stand of towering white pine and small hemlock and cove hardwoods. The Thorny Creek Trail crosses the entrance road and enters the woods at about 2.4 miles. The trail is wide and easy to follow. The forest is composed of early second-growth hardwoods. The next mile is a series of ups and downs along an old road with a marked increase in elevation. The last climb is a moderate grade to the crest of a small knoll, the summit of Little Mountain (elevation 3,200 feet). After the knoll, the road drops sharply to the intersection with the Little Mountain Trail at 3.5 miles. This trail exits left and drops rapidly to the entrance road. The Thorny Creek Trail continues along the old road in a series of gentle ups and downs. Special attractions: The Thorny Creek Trail climbs easily along the Thorny Creek through rhododendron tunnels.
Hiking West Virginia

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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

A long loop hike through the heart of the state forest. Seneca State Forest’s 23 miles of trails include sections of the Greenbrier Rail Trail and the Allegheny Trail. The sheltered creek bottom along Thorny Creek Trail is the home to a thriving stand of towering white pine and small hemlock and cove hardwoods.

The Thorny Creek Trail crosses the entrance road and enters the woods at about 2.4 miles. The trail is wide and easy to follow. The forest is composed of early second-growth hardwoods. The next mile is a series of ups and downs along an old road with a marked increase in elevation. The last climb is a moderate grade to the crest of a small knoll, the summit of Little Mountain (elevation 3,200 feet). After the knoll, the road drops sharply to the intersection with the Little Mountain Trail at 3.5 miles. This trail exits left and drops rapidly to the entrance road. The Thorny Creek Trail continues along the old road in a series of gentle ups and downs. Special attractions: The Thorny Creek Trail climbs easily along the Thorny Creek through rhododendron tunnels.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marlinton
Distance: 6.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, but road may be closed by snow in winter
Trailhead Elevation: 2,850 feet
Top Elevation: 3,200 feet
Local Contacts: Seneca State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Clover Lick, Paddy Knob
Driving Directions: Directions to Thorny Creek Trail

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