Glade Creek Trail - New River Gorge National River

Beckley, West Virginia 25801

Glade Creek Trail - New River Gorge National River

Glade Creek Trail - New River Gorge National River Professional Guide

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"Only the world-famous New River Gorge with its bridge, whitewater, rock climbing, and many trails could make its tributary Glade Creek a relatively unknown destination in comparison. Allot a day to explore this creek upstream of the gorge, and you’ll be glad you did.

The flat trail parallels the swiftly flowing Glade Creek, which is trout stocked, boulder strewn, and full of cannonball-worthy swimming holes. The dense canopy of hardwoods towers over an understory of mountain laurel, rhododendron, striped maple, and witch hazel. Add a developed campground and backcountry camping where you are unlikely to see another soul, and you just may find your new favorite place to spend a summer weekend."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: New River Gorge (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"Take a walk up one of the New River Gorge’s larger wild tributaries. Start your hike near the old village site of Hamlet, worth a side exploration. The Glade Creek Trail takes you up an untamed valley on a foot-friendly path. After a mile, reach a huge pool fed by a charming waterfall. Continue in rich woods, where wildflowers proliferate in spring. Look for old settler relics in flats. Trout-filled pools beckon anglers along this catch-and-release stream. Reach a footbridge crossing the stream. It presents good water views and a turnaround point." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in West Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"Take a walk up one of the New River Gorge’s larger wild tributaries, finding two fine waterfalls. Start your hike near the old village site of Hamlet, worth a side exploration. The Glade Creek Trail, a former railroad grade, takes you up an untamed valley on a foot-friendly path. After a mile, reach a huge pool-fed 10-foot Glade Creek Falls. Continue up a deep mountain vale, savoring the everywhere-you-look loveliness. Look for old settler relics in flats and daunting rock bluffs." Read more

Glade Creek Trail - New River Gorge National River Reviews

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8/6/2009
It is worth pointing out that we only barely started the trail. That said, it was pretty country. Whether through our own naivette or through mischaracterization, this is not really a rail trail. Less than .5 miles in, it transitions from mountain-road to root-hopping in the rhododendrons. Hiking would be great; not so much with the young biker and the other inexperienced bikers (incl myself) that were looking for a wide, flat surface. Thus, this is just informative, not a real rating of our experience on the (pretty) trail.
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10/10/2005
It was so late in the day that we really only got to do about 2 miles of the trail Kate's trail. The views on the Kate's trail were very nice.
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Trail Information

Beckley
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Flat, wide abandoned rail bed
Terrain
Moderate
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Duration
Year-round (see guide for details)
Season
125 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Swimming, Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
New River Gorge National River, (304) 465-0508 or www.nps.gov/ner
Local Contacts
New River Gorge National River maps; USGS quad: Beckley
Local Maps

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Dec 2018