Cranberry Backcountry is a 18.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Renick, WV that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
We did this trail first of October. even to the trail was not vary visible we enjoyed the views.
Read it from the Backpacker Magazine, and went on a hike late Oct 2011. Hiked in late afternoon, and hiked out the next day at noon. Nice hike, freeeezing night. Didn't get the cranberries, and the river wasn't the cleanest therefore we were happy to have brought our own water.
Me another guy did the trail in last weekend of apr '12. It was probly the best mixture of dense woods walking mixed with wide open trail next to a river.
1st day you go about 6 miles through pine trees and ruff rocky footed terrain.
You go down a steep hill that your thankful you don't have to clim. Now ford the river, this was extremely hard for us. The river was high and both lost camping shoes(not hiking boots) the clod combined with the speed of that water almost sent us down river.
When you cross you then walk on a road the next 5-6 miles. The trails indicate there are a # of shelters for camping, it doesn't say that these guys have taken them all for fishing camps and are no longer open to the public.
The guys running the fishing camp stopped us in the road and told us we were not to camp any where near their shelters that was their business they are running. To that park you need to allow hikers the same access to reserving them as those DB. It stunk thinking we would have a shelter with picnic bench and made fire ring waiting for us, some of the appeal of that trail. Those guys just royally pissed me off.
We camped just beyond the last shelter. From there on was a out was slight sloop until you get off road again. A few creek bridges had fallen bur could get around the well. That last 2 miles out area the only real steep climbs of the whole trip.
Would do the trail again in the fall time with leaves changing colors.
Absolutely love it!! Never made the full loop, but we back pack in 6 miles to do some trout fishing! fishing is great, trail is great, can't express how awesome this place is! I try to make it once a month!