Explore the most popular birding trails in Kanawha State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail. Would be great in the fall. As others have said, this is not an easy trail it definitely should be listed as a moderate. If you venture off the trail a little 100 ft. , to the top of the mountain, you can see some better ridge line views. (The location I paused on my recording is where I went on up the mountain a little)

hiking
1 month ago

We take this trail with our two year old in a toddler pack. He really enjoys getting out and playing in the creek at the beginning of the trail. It connects to a bike trail on the way back and you can walk onto the alligator trail from there. This trail is very woodsy and quiet. It is also a popular trail with a lot of foot traffic so I feel quite safe.

This is a beautiful trail! Just recently started hiking and I found this trail to be doable yet slightly challenging. The views are awesome!

Terribly marked. Fun walk in the woods, not much of a trail after 10 minutes. Lots of thorns. Steep inclines.

great trail. Mostly uphill, Steep. lots of rocks and trees to rest on. 1/4 of a mile after passing the over look vegetation becomes thick. Took an 11yr old and a 14 yr old. kids had fun ( a little challenging for the little one, but he loved it). We encountered a Timber Rattle snake. It was a beauty. I give it 5. looks like a stream runs next to it in certain spots but it was dry when we went.

One of my favorites - Alligator rock is a guaranteed winner for kids

hiking
2 months ago

More moderate than easy, but worth it. Good for kids - not too long and good variety - stream, woods and rocks

hiking
3 months ago

We did this while there was snow on the ground. It was a vigorous hike but not too bad. We did this with the Girls Who Hike WV group.

hiking
5 months ago

This has been one of our favorite trails since moving to WV. My son has been hiking it since he was five. During mushroom season, the variety of fungi is amazing in the woods along the trail!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail, not too hard but beautiful. We picked up mossy rock trail up to the ridge road. Then walked the ridge to alligator rock trail followed back down to the parking lot. About 3 1/2 miles total. A few trees down on the last stretch.

Nice trail. Not too difficult but still a challenging enough for a good workout.

Very pleasant trail.

Not a bad hike but I wouldn't say it's easy. The park map lists it as moderate and that's a much better description. It's more of a hike than just a walk in the park.

good trip with friends and the dogs

hiking
9 months ago

Not easy! My kids struggled with steep terrain and lots of huge trees to climb over. Beautiful though!!

hiking
9 months ago

Great for those starting, have health issues, older folks or you children or just a easy stroll through the woods.

Great for those starting, have health issues, older folks or you children or just a easy stroll through the woods.

It was a great hike but there was a lot of trees had to climb over not good for kids

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty tough trail - definitely moderate, lots of steep hills. It is a loop, but making the loop requires walking along the road for about 1/2 mile.

This trail is clearly marked and easy to find if you are already walking along Davis creek trail toward the South end.
However, if you are coming just for this trail, I think the best place to park is at the other end of the trail. There is a small gravel lot on the right before the turn off to Dunlop Hollow. Follow the trail up a steep hill, and you will intersect a gravel road. This intersection can be a bit confusing, but follow the arrows on the wooden signs and you will find the other half of the trail a short way down the gravel road. When While Hollow trail ends, it will intersect Davis Creek Trail. Turn left, follow Davis Creek trail to the end, and then go left along the road about half a mile to your car.
In summer, there is a bit of overgrowth on some parts of this trail. Wear long pants or wait until cooler weather if this is something that bothers you.

hiking
10 months ago

I absolutely love this trail! I come to Kanawha State Forest often and this is a stop every time. It is definitely not an easy hike, so be warned. I would say moderate to difficult, as most of it is straight up a steep hill. It does make a nice loop, which is great for people like me who hate backtracking on hikes.

If you are coming to this trail for the overlook, I recommend beginning at the first entrance to the trail (not the one at the bow range). To find it, enter the forest by the main road. Go just past the turn-off to the pool and park in the small, unmarked gravel lot on the left. A sign across the road marks the entrance to Overlook trail. From there, it is a short 15 minute hike (about half a mile) straight up to the overlook. The rock at the top provides a great spot for photos, a quick picnic, or just resting after the climb. For a casual hiker looking for a quick hike with a rewarding view at the end, this is the best way to go - as long as you are in shape.

From there, your options are to go back down the way you came, or to continue along the rest of the trail (about a mile). In summer, I do not recommend continuing this way for the casual hiker, as the underbrush is quite heavy along a lot of the trail (this means briers and poison ivy). This half of the trail is not as difficult, but I do find the overgrowth unpleasant. This half of the trail is not as heavily traveled which probably contributes to this. However, it is a nice hike in other seasons, and when you come out the other end, it is a very short walk along the main road to get back to your car.

Was a great trial, however, I'm only giving it a 4 star because once you get to the top and start down the other side it was not properly marked.

You start on Davis Creek trail and split off on white hollow trail. It is not called Kanawha state forest trail. The sign leading to White Hollow trail was blazed orange, but the blazes through the trail were blue ! Once you are to the top you must walk down a gravel road a piece and reconnect with white hollow trail. Once you go down the trail and make it to the look out rock is where the blazes become confusing. There are lighter blue markers leading to the right wrap around the rock, but the trail actually goes over the hill and to the left. Once you make it to the bottom, you will need to either go back the way you came or walk down the main road a piece and reconnect with Davis Creek trail.

This trail is very challenging in places and easy in others. Overall this was a great hike !!!

hiking
10 months ago

Tough trail for beginners, especially with kids in tow! Would do it again though!

An easy, peaceful, hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice quick hike. It's a walk in the woods with a pretty steep ascent at the beginning providing some good cardio.

hiking
10 months ago

I've done this one a couple of times. Always a fun time with a great view, but definitely a little challenging to get there. I don't know who ranked this as easy!

hiking
11 months ago

nice little hike, overlook a bit overgrown due to summer leaves, but a cool , quiet spot to have a sit for a while!

some steep spots, there was a little bit of briers, but having a set of hiking poles thwarted both!

if you are stayin in Charleston for work like I am and want to get away, this is a good option.

Parking is at an area setup for archery practice , so its a good landmark.
cheers!

Only did about half this trail as we connected to it through Polly Trial. A semi-steep descent through the woods

11 months ago

A nice hike through the woods with some steep climbs. We connected to Wildcat Ridge to make a loop

11 months ago

No dramatic scenery, but a pleasant walk in the woods. We connected to Wildcat Ridge to create a 2.5 mile loop

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