Tuscarora Trail

West Virginia 25411

Elevation Gain749ft
Trailhead Elevation1,891ft
Elevation Min/Max1645/1891ft
Elevation Start/End1891/1891ft

Tuscarora Trail

Tuscarora Trail is a hiking trail in Berkeley County and Morgan County, West Virginia. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 1,891 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 749 feet. High Rock (elevation 1,736 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Pee Wee Point Trail and Unknown.

Tuscarora Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike follows a portion of the well-maintained Tuscarora Trail through Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. The trail crosses Pee Wee Point and then travels to Sleepy Creek Lake. The Tuscarora Trail is a 242-mile blue-blazed side trail of the famed Appalachian Trail. The trail was originally built to bypass developed areas in northern Virginia. If the Appalachian Trail had not been protected as a National Scenic Trail in 1968, the path of the Tuscarora Trail my well have become the “new” AT.

The Virginia and West Virginia sections of the Tuscarora Trail were known as the Big Blue Trail until 1997 when the two trails were officially unified. The majority of the West Virginia Tuscarora Trail travels through the 22,928-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. The area is managed as a game habitat for hunting and fishing. Special attractions: Boggy bottomland, a ridge-top tower, and a lily-pad-covered lake."

Tuscarora Trail Reviews

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I followed the trail guide but it needs to be updated. There is now a parking area at the trail head but its hard to find until you walk down the road from the identified "two fire roads" in the guide. At the parking lot the trail is clearly marked, however the trail follows white blazes on the way out. The first 1.5 miles of the hike is easy and very flat. After that it starts to rise to the pee wee point trail. The section near the pee wee point trail head is a little confusing but if you look around you can find the sign that marks the trail. You will find alot of work by DNR in the area buts its open enough to see where you are going. Once on the pee wee trail you will need to start looking for blue blazes and pay attention to where the trail move off to the left. The area is overgrown, I missed it the first time. I did make it to the first road and then turned back. In general the trail is in good condition. There are some new trees down from the thunder storm from a few weeks ago. I saw evidence of mount bike tracks but when I was there for about 4 hours I did not see another person. In all liked this hike and will be going back to try and do all 8 mikes out to the lake.
Tuscarora Trail (Northeast) has a trailhead problem. As people have built houses on the old trail head. By following the directions the book appears to start on someone’s driveway where the two fire roads were. A no-parking sign has been posted halfway up a tree. Further down the gravel road someone painted blue rings and blue blazes. The blazes head off into the woods in the correct direction, but there is no evidence that anyone has walked it in years. In the opposite direction there is a new gate with lots of no trespassing signs. Deep in the woods to the northwest a clear yellow blazed trail (I can guess, Historic packhorse trail) heads off into the no trespassing area. There was evidence of white blazes and I found old blue blazes that had been covered up with black paint. The best bet was before the leveling out of the gravel road. In front of the log cabin with the nice iron gate on the opposite side of the gravel road there are new blue blazes heading west into the woods someone has cleared the leaves and well marked it. Although, there was no evidence of boots in the dirt. There was little ability to park here. You are right on the gravel road. Unfortunately the weather prevented me from investigating further. This start needs a clear Trail Head sign.
The e-trails description for Tuscarora Trail (Northeast) in West Virginia is about 4 years out of date. The southern half now goes on a completely different ridge. Found it out the hard way, by wandering around for a day. From Trails.com customer.

Tuscarora Trail Photos

Trail Information

Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area
Local Contacts
USGS Glengary, Stotlers Crossroads
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018