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hiking
1 day ago

Absolutely beautiful views

Awesome trail with ladder access to climb down and explore other trails! Sights are incredible! Check it out!

hiking
8 days ago

I love this trail. It’s my favorite in the area. It’s well maintained. The views of the Gorge are wonderful. We’ve had a lot of rain so it’s pretty sloppy right now though.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views and an easy trail. Well worth it. If you’re feeling adventurous there are ladders bolted into the rock face you climb down. Highly recommend.

Good trail, great views!

Such beautiful views! It was a pretty easy hike with really cool ladder climbs. Totally worth your time, you won't be disappointed.

hiking
12 days ago

My family and I enjoyed this trail. However, it is difficult in terms of physical exertion (coming back out). I counted 822 steps on the way out (there are different numbers floating around tho). There are also a few other sets on the trail that would add to that number. If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy yourself at the bottom. If not, you may not care as much. We LOVED the nostalgia of walking where miners did almost 100 years ago. At the bottom of the trail, if you take a right, you can see the old coke stove ruins. They are very neat. To the left at the bottom of the trail, you can see the old power house, tipple, and processing plant. Before you start the steps down (after coming out of the woods), you can see the entrance to the old mines on the left. I would recommend this trail to anyone that likes history who is in decent shape. As mentioned above, coming back out is very demanding. Happy hiking!

hiking
12 days ago

A bit of a disappointment. There really isn't much to see at the bottom of the steps. At the bottom of the steps are two collapsed buildings and a short metal structure. There are no trail markings indicating where to go. However, if you go to the right and follow the path (carefully) it will lead down to a row of coke ovens over a football field long. If you haven't seen coke ovens before, they are pretty cool. You can view them up close. There are also some signs explaining the area on the way down. Other than that, there's not much to see. I did encounter several people using the trail for fitness/exercise. One guy preparing for an iron man event. Yea, this trail is that tough. At the top of the steps is a carving in the railing indicating 813 steps. However, there are even more steps before you get to those. Plus, a decently steep trail that leads down to all of this. Is the trail worth doing? If you are in decent shape, yes. If for no other reason, do this trail for the bragging rights.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail but it is not located in Babcock State Park as listed. It is in the New River Gorge National River Park NOT Babcock State Park near Clifftop WV. Please make this correction in the Trail description as it creates confusion and hikers are traveling 20+ miles out of the way to the wrong location to access this trail. It is located near Fayetteville WV where you can view the New River Gorge Bridge not at Babcock State Park. Really great trail but it is listed in the wrong location.

hiking
14 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It is a very nice walking trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Great view of bridge. Wide trail, Easy walk for littles.

I couldn’t find this trail at all no marked trails

Beautiful scenery along the river

hiking
19 days ago

Very enjoyable out-and-back. The sites are worth the effort. We visited in July however, the shade of the canopy kept the hiking cool. I reviewed the history of the area after the fact however, I recommend that you do so in advance of your hike. It will make more sense. I can only assume that a spring or fall hike would allow you to see more of the sites artifacts when the ground cover is not as plush.

hiking
19 days ago

Do yourself a favor and check this trail out. The overlooks of the New River Gorge are fabulous. It’s not a difficult hike at all. There are a couple places with ladders bolted into the cliff face (optional) that are gnarly and a ton of fun!

This trail is amazing! The view is gorgeous and it is an easy hike - perfect for an afternoon hike.

This one of the sections of the Yough River Trail that I walk. It is a nice flat trail to enjoy at any time of the day. I walk either in mornings or evenings to avoid other walkers or runners. I see deer and other small wild animals often. I start my walk in Buena Vista and go to the Dravo campground. I enjoy sitting on a bench or at a table under the pavilion once I’m there before I walk back to Buena Vista. I have camped here many times. I’ve met some nice thru-riders that camp there on their way to Washington DC.

1 month ago

One of my favorites in the area! The ruins and history are incredible.

The first part of the hike is a steep walk weaving down the mountain, where you pass a small, pretty waterfall. It levels off before you come to the stairs. There’s plenty to see at this level, like an old mine entrance.

Take the 800 steps to the bottom. There’s lots of cool stuff and structures on either side of the stairs.

The “trail” ends at the bottom, but plenty of people go right at the bottom and explore off the path. If you walk far enough, you can find the ruins of the coke ovens. It’s also possible to get all the way down to the active train tracks and cross to get down to the river, where it’s fun to watch the rafters pass.

LEAVE THE PATH AT YOUR OWN RISK! There are a lot of hidden threats. There are holes, spikes, metal, and more in the area. The old railroad tracks have decayed in a way that’s left a lot of gaps. The active tracks are ACTIVE, and the gravel makes it easy to get stuck. The current of the river is strong.

Please remember to leave no trace. This includes biodegradable items. I keep seeing more and more garbage at the end of this trail.

1 month ago

A classic in this area year round. During colder months, you can see the old mining towns across the gorge. And of course it’s lovely during the summer. Easy if you’re in shape.

TIP: This isn’t a true “loop.” The lower and upper parking lots are probably about a quarter of a mile apart with no where to walk but the road. I try to park at the lower lot so that I can walk downhill at the end.

1 month ago

Amazing hike! Easy climb and amazing views! We could spot some of the rafters down on the gorge.

I’ve walked this trail a lot, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s an easy hike to a gorgeous view, and it’s never super crowded along the trail.

Seriously. The view is incredible.

Also, they’ve been renovating the trail for the last year or so, so it’s even easier.

Just a fun, quick hike.

My husband and I hiked this trail this past weekend and really had a great time!! It was a wonderful scenic trail! Do be careful of the cliffs though especially if u are hiking with kids!!!
The only downside was that when we finished our hike we found that our car had been towed!! The trailhead parking lot was full when we arrived so we did what others had done and parked on the side of the road. There were not any signs indicating No Parking so we had no reason to believe it would b a problem. Multiple cars were towed that day. Imagine coming out of the woods and not knowing where your car is!!! What a shame to treat visitors this way!!!
Julie Bartram

hiking
1 month ago

this was my second time to the mines but first time down the stairs and back to the top. extremely hard trail,but so worth. everyone was great and felt like old friends. we stopped quite a bit to rest and other hikers were very understanding. Southern WV has the greatest people. I encourage others to take the challenge and do this trail. just give e yourself a full day and bring lots of water.

Great for families

hiking
1 month ago

Great moderate trail with great views and you might even get to watch some rock climbers doing their thing. Cliff views. Hang on to your little hikers. This is a must do hike. I believe you can make a loop out of this hike.

Loved this trail!

Good for a couple hours out of the house. Always beautiful scenery. Best in the winter with snow on

Have done this trail several times. Lots of very beautiful views. Easy walking hardly break a sweat

Did this trail yesterday. We started at timber Ridge Trail because they were doing some work at beginning of Long Point. So glad we did. Taking the longer route it ended up being about 5 miles in all but the view at the end of Long Point made it all worthwhile. The view was breathtaking! We did take the Longview trail out since it was later in the day otherwise it would have been much longer. So glad we did not miss this one.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, epic views!

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