Cathedral to Giant Hemlock Trail Loop - Cathedral State Park

Aurora, West Virginia 26705

Cathedral to Giant Hemlock Trail Loop - Cathedral State Park

Cathedral to Giant Hemlock Trail Loop - Cathedral State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Cathedral State Park is indeed a place to worship at the altar of the natural world. It’s so magical that as you take in the hemlock forest with a canopy reaching nearly 100 feet, walk atop a carpet of moss, squeeze through rhododendron thickets, and walk along a clear, trickling stream, you half expect to see a fairy jump out from behind one of the trees.

The largest hemlock in the state (along with its large cousins) is located within the park boundaries, along with more than 170 types of vascular plants, 30 tree species, and more than 50 species of wildflowers."

Cathedral to Giant Hemlock Trail Loop - Cathedral State Park Trip Reports

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7/3/2015
This trail was a nice walk through the woods, but I was under the impression from the guidebook that it would be a wide-open forest with very big and tall trees. Maybe in the winter time one would get that feel, but when I hiked the trail in July, a majority of the trail was just hiking through 4'to 8' tall ground vegetation. The tall ground cover made the big and tall trees a lot less impressive because you could not get a feel for the scale -- you were surrounded by vegetation.

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Trail Information

Aurora
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Dirt trail with a road crossing
Terrain
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Open daily year-round 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for day use
Season
Wildflowers
Features
Cathedral State Park, (304) 735-3771 or www.cathedralstatepark .com
Local Contacts
Cathedral State Park map and trail guide; USGS quad: Aurora
Local Maps

Trail Log