Thorny Creek Trail

Marlinton, West Virginia 24954

Thorny Creek Trail

Thorny Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A long loop hike through the heart of the state forest. Seneca State Forest’s 23 miles of trails include sections of the Greenbrier Rail Trail and the Allegheny Trail. The sheltered creek bottom along Thorny Creek Trail is the home to a thriving stand of towering white pine and small hemlock and cove hardwoods.

The Thorny Creek Trail crosses the entrance road and enters the woods at about 2.4 miles. The trail is wide and easy to follow. The forest is composed of early second-growth hardwoods. The next mile is a series of ups and downs along an old road with a marked increase in elevation. The last climb is a moderate grade to the crest of a small knoll, the summit of Little Mountain (elevation 3,200 feet). After the knoll, the road drops sharply to the intersection with the Little Mountain Trail at 3.5 miles. This trail exits left and drops rapidly to the entrance road. The Thorny Creek Trail continues along the old road in a series of gentle ups and downs. Special attractions: The Thorny Creek Trail climbs easily along the Thorny Creek through rhododendron tunnels."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round, but road may be closed by snow in winter
2,850 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,200 feet
Top Elevation
Seneca State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Clover Lick, Paddy Knob
Local Maps

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Jul 2018