Old Backbone Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Logan, West Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Old Backbone trail is no longer maintained or marked, so be careful! Lots of off-trail hiking, may be muddy along the mountainside so wear good shoes and bring a sturdy stick. There are several opportunities to take a maintained trail instead if it gets too muddy/steep.
This trail can be as easy or challenging as you like. When I completed this trail in August of 2015, there was a tiny runoff that I used as a climbing trail to the top of the hill. It got slippery in some places and there were a few points where I had to abandon the water trail for some dry ground and trees to hold onto for stability. There is a designated, well-maintained trail from the parking area up the "mountain". Sticking to the provided & marked trail makes the trek much easier and keeps the incline from becoming too steep without warning.