Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Not a bad trail, but some parts were steep. There was a neat little spot below alligator rock where we were able to sit on top of a rock and eat lunch.

great trail. hard. It was steep but we loved it.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked Beech Glen to Wildcat Trail to Polly Trail for a 3.9 mile loop, starting and ending at Polly Hollow. Nice hike with several steep sections, but just before you feel like passing out the trail levels off and gives you a chance to catch you breath. Seriously, if was a great hike and I will do it again!

hiking
18 days ago

Nice trail. A little steep in places but if you take your time you should really enjoy this trail.

I liked this one. I believe it’s one of the most well marked trails I’ve been on in KSF. It was a HIKE to get to the top of the ridge (about a mile all uphill), but it was a very nice walk once you get to the top! We only hiked about two miles out and turned around for a total of four miles. The trail did continue pass where we turned.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice hike. Great scenery.

Nice trail, lot of climbing. Stepped on a snake, ran back off hill. Cool rock you can climb up.

Good difficult technical trail, more so than I remember. Large down tree across the trail in the flat on last third before connecting back to Davis Creek trail.

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

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

Super steep hike up but worth it. Follows an almost-vertical creek most of the way to the top. There's a gas road up there and good views, but don't lose sight of the trail.

hiking
4 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
6 months ago

Excellent trail for hiking as well as seeing different fungi and flowers from spring to fall!

One of our favorite family hiking trails!

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

Very pleasant trail.

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

CCC Snipe trail, Mossy Rock, Middle Ridge Trail, Teaberry Rock trail, Davis Creek Trail. This was a 6 mile loop hike and we started at Snipe trail with a steep climb. We then followed Mossy Rock to Middle Ridge Trail. This trail was a easy hike and very enjoyable to look around with breath taking views. Be careful to watch for the markers leading Middle ridge, it's easy to follow the road and not the hiking trail. Once on Teaberry, it's a steep climb back down, but enjoyable. Make sure to follow markers because there are trail leading off in different directions close to the bottom. Once we got to the bottom we stopped and allowed our dog to walk the creek and she enjoyed this play time. Continue up the creek onto Davis Creek trail and follow it back to the parking lot and beginning of Snipe trail. If reverse this hike, it will give you similar results. Overall, this was a great hike today !!

hiking
11 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.

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 !!!

Not so much hard as it was steep. only woods view. Several downed tree tops.

hiking
11 months ago

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

An easy, peaceful, hike.

hiking
11 months ago

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great trail but definitely more than moderate for casual hikers. It's all straight up the first half and down the rest. Definitely would recommend trekking poles.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Gravel good climb

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