Lost Trail

Huntington, West Virginia

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The longest trail in this state park, Lost Trail, is a figure-eight-shaped trail that travels the beautiful banks of Beech Fork Lake and the hills that touch its shores. Beech Fork State Park contains 3,144 acres of rolling hills and the headwaters of Beech Fork Lake. The park has more than 8.5 miles of hiking trails. Beech Fork Lake offers excellent opportunities for fishing. The big trophy is the tiger muskie, but bass, catfish, saugeye, and bluegill are a sporting challenge. Special attractions: Beech Fork Lake, birdwatching, lake views, fishing
Hiking West Virginia

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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

The longest trail in this state park, Lost Trail, is a figure-eight-shaped trail that travels the beautiful banks of Beech Fork Lake and the hills that touch its shores. Beech Fork State Park contains 3,144 acres of rolling hills and the headwaters of Beech Fork Lake.

The park has more than 8.5 miles of hiking trails. Beech Fork Lake offers excellent opportunities for fishing. The big trophy is the tiger muskie, but bass, catfish, saugeye, and bluegill are a sporting challenge. Special attractions: Beech Fork Lake, birdwatching, lake views, fishing

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Huntington
Distance: 8.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 950 feet
Local Contacts: Beech Fork State Park
Local Maps: USGS Winslow
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/1/2010
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This is a nice trail in need of some TLC ... though it is incorrectly listed as 8.5 miles. It is only about 3 miles! It would be nice to have the other trails that connect listed here too. There is the Lost Trail (~3 miles), the Mary Davis Trail (~5.5 miles), the Coal Mine Trail (~.8 mile), and the North Ridge Trail (~.75 mile). There are three steep climbs on the Lost Trail. Mary Davis has lots of little rolling climbs/descents and creek crossings. I didn't do the Coal Mine or North Ridge (they are connectors). The trail was extremely wet in many places today and there are quite a few downed trees over the trail. We had to belly crawl under one of them! The lake is drained to almost nothing right now (no idea why) and there was a TON of trash on and around the trail while near the shore. I hope it gets cleaned up (I would be glad to help!) soon so I can return when the leaves are on the trees and the trail is dry. We saw two mountain bikers on the trail and lots of old bike tracks, but in most places, the trail is wide enough for them to pass easily.



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