Greenbrier River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Marlinton, West Virginia. It is 32.3 miles long and begins at 2,434 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 64.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,312 feet. Near the trailhead there are basins. The View of Bridge viewpoint can be seen along the trail.
Greenbrier River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The queen of West Virginia’s rail-trails, and one of the longest and most scenic in the country, the Greenbrier River Trail parallels the rapid-filled Greenbrier River in a landscape punctuated by tall peaks. Winding through the Greenbrier River Valley, it visits a blend of dark forests and steep cliffs, small towns and plush pastures, with souvenirs of its railroading days including thirty-five trestles and long-forgotten whistlestops. Surface: Original ballast, made of mostly hard-packed gravel and rock, with one short section of limestone chips between Renick and Horrock (the lime-stone came from Renick Rock Quarry near mile 26)."
--Barbara A. Noe, Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia (The Globe Pequot Press).
"The first 23 miles of the 77-mile trail are described here. The beautiful and scenic Greenbrier River is a constant companion for the entire length of the trail. The Greenbrier River Trail is the longest rail trail in West Virginia. Beginning at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, it winds its way 77 miles to Caldwell. The trail, designated as a Millennium Legacy Trail, has a one percent grade from start to finish. Although the trail is long, it is not physically taxing. The trail crosses thirty-five bridges and passes through two tunnels, traveling through small, forgotten railroad towns and green pastures. Camping facilities and water are located all along the trail."
--Steven Carroll and Mark Miller, Hiking West Virginia (Falcon Guides).
"In a state with many fabulous rail-trails offering spectacular views and an abundance of natural wonders, the 77-mile-long Greenbrier River Trail (GRT) is the crown jewel of West Virginia’s impressive trail selection.
The gravel-surfaced route travels from Cass in the north to Caldwell in the south, following the Greenbrier River for most of the trip. Begin at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and enjoy a slight downhill slope on your route south."
--Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rail-Trail Hall of Fame (Wilderness Press).
"West Virginia’s beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America’s premier rail-trails, well-liked by bicyclists, hikers, walkers, and cross-country skiers.
Most of the trail runs along the gorgeous Greenbrier River and passes through picturesque countryside as it winds through the river valley. There is no doubt you will see many species of interesting wildlife along this wonderful route."
--Various Authors, Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic (Wilderness Press).
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