Kanawha Trace Trail

Barboursville, West Virginia 25504

Kanawha Trace Trail

Kanawha Trace Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Backpacking without the backpack? This is a dream come true on the 31.8-mile Kanawha Trace Trail. Perhaps nowhere else in West Virginia can you tackle a fully supported long-distance trail with only a day pack, complete with overnight shelters, potable water, stream crossings via footbridges, and even a 238-foot tunnel routing you underneath the highway.

Members of the Tri-State Area Council of Boy Scouts of America will shuttle you to and from the trail and even stash your provisions in shelters along the way. This diverse path takes you along roadways and past homes, but for the most part it winds its way along lush stream bottoms, over 300-foot-tall ridges, and through dense forest."

Kanawha Trace Trail Trip Reports

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon2 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
Very well maintained trail system kept up by the BSA.
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
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.


P.S. beware of dogs. if you get scared of dogs easily this is not the trail for you.

Kanawha Trace Trail Photos

Show off your photography skills ... post your pics of this trail!

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Dirt trail with some sections on road
Skill Level
2-4 days
Best April through October
Hunting, Camping
Additional Use
Tri-State Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, (304) 523-3408 or www.tsacbsa.org
Local Contacts
USGS quads: Barboursville, Glenwood, Mount Olive, Milton, Winfield
Local Maps

Trail Log