Kanawha Trace Trail

Barboursville, West Virginia

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This rugged trail climbs and descends many ridges from the trailhead near Barboursville to the end at Fraziers Bottoms. The Blacks Creek Shelter is available to hikers on a first-come, first-served basis. The 31.7-mile Kanawha Trace Trail is managed by the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts. The trail runs entirely on private land. For permission to hike the trail, contact the Tri State Area Council (see below). For a nominal group fee of 50 cents per person, the council will ferry gear to the two shelters, and provide a guide, a ride to the trailhead, and a ride back at the end of the hike. Individuals also pay 50 cents, but may be required to pay for fuel. Special attractions: Small rock cliffs, trickling waterfalls, and tall cove hardwoods.
Hiking West Virginia

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

This rugged trail climbs and descends many ridges from the trailhead near Barboursville to the end at Fraziers Bottoms. The Blacks Creek Shelter is available to hikers on a first-come, first-served basis. The 31.7-mile Kanawha Trace Trail is managed by the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts. The trail runs entirely on private land.

For permission to hike the trail, contact the Tri State Area Council (see below). For a nominal group fee of 50 cents per person, the council will ferry gear to the two shelters, and provide a guide, a ride to the trailhead, and a ride back at the end of the hike. Individuals also pay 50 cents, but may be required to pay for fuel. Special attractions: Small rock cliffs, trickling waterfalls, and tall cove hardwoods.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Barboursville
Distance: 31.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Kanawha State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Barboursville, Glenwood, Mount Olive, Milton, Winfield
Driving Directions: Directions to Kanawha Trace Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/19/2012
0

Very well maintained trail system kept up by the BSA.


11/11/2006
1

This trail was rugged. i would not say that the terrain was that difficult but was challenging (my wife would disagree). it had rained a lot before and during my two day trip so where there were small creek crossings now they were fords. This trail is on private land and the horses and cows definitely deteriorate the trail where they hang out. all in all this trail was a lot of fun. the shelters were clean and the man that operates the Boy Scout camp was very helpful. i would definitely make it a point to see him before starting. i will be doing it again but will try to do it end to end in one day. Later, WISE OWL P.S. beware of dogs. if you get scared of dogs easily this is not the trail for you.



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