Hiking West Virginia
by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)
© Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
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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