Potts Valley Rail Trail

Jefferson National Forest, West Virginia

Elevation Gain962ft
Trailhead Elevation2,272ft
Elevation Min/Max2272/2802ft
Elevation Start/End2272/2272ft

Potts Valley Rail Trail

Potts Valley Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Monroe County, West Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 2,272 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 962 feet. The Potts Valley Rail Trail Parking, Potts Valley Rail Trail Parking, Potts Valley Rail Trail Parking, and Potts Valley Rail Trail Parking are near the trailhead. There are also informations. Along the trail there are benches.

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Five-Star Trails: Roanoke and the New River Valley, Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This is your chance to enjoy marvelous mountain scenery on a nearly level rail-trail that courses through the Appalachians just inside the West Virginia boundary. The lesser-used former rail line slices through the slope of Little Mountain in the upper South Fork Potts Creek Valley. Pass through old railroad cuts and along level slopes before turning around at the site of a large but now dismantled trestle. Our hike starts at the west end of the rail-trail, just a quarter-mile into West Virginia. The rail-trail is shared with bicycles (no horses or ATVs), but it is underused by both hikers and those who like to travel trails by pedal power. The surface is grass in the summer and cinders in the winter. Begin the hike by passing through one of the many cuts the grade makes to stay level in this mountain fastness. Here, land was blasted and removed, allowing the railway to cleave what would have been a hill. Conversely, additional soil was used to build up little valleys, which would have otherwise been too steep for the rail line to dip into and come out of. Thus, you end up with a nearly level trail coursing through mountain terrain. The path makes a great way to experience mountain hiking without excessive effort." Read more

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Trail Information

Jefferson National Forest
Nearby City
Jefferson National Forest
Skill Level
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Eastern Divide Ranger District, 110 Southpark Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060; 540-552-4641, www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
National Geographic #788, Covington/Alleghany Highlands; USGS Waiteville
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