Red Creek Trail

Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia

Distance6.2mi
Elevation Gain2,176ft
Trailhead Elevation2,625ft
Top3,869ft
Elevation Min/Max2625/3869ft
Elevation Start/End2625/2625ft

Red Creek Trail

Red Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Tucker County, West Virginia. It is within Dolly Sods Wilderness. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 2,625 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,176 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there are camp sites. This trail connects with the following: Big Stonecoal Trail, Breathed Mountain Trail, Little Stonecoal Trail, Fisher Spring Run Trail, Rocky Point Trail and Blackbird Knob Trail.

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"This waterfall trek starts high on the Allegheny Front in the Dolly Sods Wilderness, then drops to visit two waterfalls with the potential for visiting a third. This hike uses the lesser-trod Fisher Spring Run Trail to reach these two cataracts on Red Creek. It skirts past several spring branches before joining an old railroad grade. The hike then crosses Fisher Spring Run to make Red Creek. First, visit wide Lower Red Creek Falls and its adjacent rock slabs. Pick up a user-created path, heading upstream along Red Creek, to find mighty Red Creek Falls, a potent cataract with an impressive pool. Interestingly, despite being the shortest route to Red Creek Falls, the Fisher Spring Trail is less popular than most other paths in the busy but beautiful Dolly Sods Wilderness. Not only is it the most direct route to Red Creek Falls, it also avails a visit to Lower Red Creek Falls, as well as a bonus falls upstream of Red Creek Falls. This third additional falls requires what should be considered off-trail hiking, so this hike sticks with the two more easily attainable falls." Read more
Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest (Menasha Ridge Press)
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"Fisher Spring Run Trail is your conduit to view the falls on Red Creek located in the Dolly Sods Wilderness. It is one of the lesser-trod trails at Dolly Sods, despite being the shortest and best route to Red Creek Falls. In fact, because no trails go directly to Red Creek Falls, many hikers either pass it by or don’t know about it at all. Trails pass near Lower Red Creek Falls and though it is less impressive than Red Creek Falls, it receives more visitation. No need to fret over a little hiking on the unofficial trail at hike’s end either. The walk up Red Creek from Lower Red Creek Falls to Red Creek Falls traces a nearly level fisherman’s trail while passing through a few campsites. You then have to do a bit of rock-hopping (or simple wading) of Fisher Spring Run to reach Red Creek Falls. However, once there, you will be rewarded with a fine view of a 16-foot drop of aquatic force into a pool ideal for swimming in on a warm summer day." Read more

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Trail Information

Dolly Sods Wilderness
Nearby City
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Monongahela National Forest, Potomac Ranger District, HC 59, Box 240, Petersburg 26847; (304) 257-4488; www.fs.usda.gov/mnf
Local Contacts
Monongahela National Forest, Dolly Sods Wilderness; USGS Blackbird Knob, Hopeville
Local Maps

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Dec 2018