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

backpacking
9 hours ago

Firstly, it’s not easy in and out. The first .5 mile or so from trail head is easy but as you approach the hill/mountain you’ll be surprised at how the description says, “easy in and out.” There are switch backs both up and down the mountain and a pass between the two peaks/hilltops. Heavy stone and root systems everywhere which was a bit interesting when it was wet. The way down the other side was pretty steep so expect a substantial climb back out. Once you crest the hill and make your way down you’ll see a set of train tracks. There is a blaze and a path directly across the tracks but please just make the right and follow the tracks about another .5-.75 miles to a small little train stopping area. You’ll continue to see blazes down the tracks. The train stop area is the falls. If you are making a few days of this expect a lot of visitor traffic. There is a scenic train system that regularly stops for site seeing. Not many camping areas tbh. If you are looking for wood for camp fires, expect laurel and it didn’t burn well either, and everything is picked clean. Very pretty falls and great rapids which make for some good white noise camping. Don’t bring a horse. It is not safe for that. I don’t know who put that.

Nice and quiet. Didn't see to many other hikers.

hiking
16 days ago

For those worried about the road, there are two ways to access this trail. From inside Blackwater State Park, past the snow tubing area, you’ll need a capable 4WD and a sense of adventure. I’ve done it in a stock Wrangler. It’s muddy, rutted, rocky, etc. and also fun to drive in the proper vehicle. The second way to get to this trail is by accessing the opposite end of Canaan Loop Rd from Rt 32 just a couple miles south of Davis. From this approach the road is fairly well maintained gravel. It’s a longer drive from the Rt 32 end but you can make it in a car. Also, the trail is very muddy and wet. Don’t wear sneakers like my hiking buddy did. You’ll regret it.

backpacking
20 days ago

Nice hike trails are well marked

hiking
22 days ago

Overall this was a pretty fun trail and easy to make a day trip out of. The trail was pretty muddy in places and very rocky in others. Some parts of the trail aren't very well blazed but the path was pretty obvious so it wasn't hard to find the way. Some parts of the trail, especially near the beginning are very over grown, so it'd be wise to keep an eye out for snakes as I was about 5 inches from stepping on one. The falls themselves are gorgeous and the water is perfect to soak your feet in.

hiking
22 days ago

Mostly beautiful with breathtaking views at end. Some places a but muddy

hiking
1 month ago

Tried to follow the directions on phone and reviews below to find the starting point but it was closed and no place to park. Was really looking forward to this

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike. Docked it a star because you need to be prepared to get muddy. It’s a mix of open ground and heavy tree cover. Not much incline anywhere.

The drive out is long. I’m in a 4wd truck ready for off road. We can in from 32. I tried to go out the park entrance road and turned around. It’s washed out. I thought I could get down the rock face but wasn’t sure I could get back up it if I had to turn around on down the road.

Nice base camp for hiking and exploring the area

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail was amazing although very rocky in places. There are some great camp sites and it is very well traveled.

hiking
1 month ago

One of our favorites in the area, not thrilled when the Tourist train stops but no biggie. Scenery is Worth every mile .

2 months ago

This is one of my favorite views. The trail is an easy hike as long as you don’t mind getting muddy.

hiking
2 months ago

Thank you to Jeff Erickson below we accessed via Loop Road and route 32. Still gravel, rocky, winding and narrow but better than from State Park side. Agree, very scenic drive itself. Trail was nice and flat, yes rocks and roots but well maintained. Beautiful view at turn around point.

Great workout, especially that first few miles. Went in late July, everything (including the view points) was extremely overgrown. A fallen tree around mile 2.0 has the trail completely blocked, but if you stick to the trail that beers off just before this you will eventually meet up again. Be sure to have as much bare skin covered as possible!

hiking
2 months ago

40+ years ago, finding the trail faint from non-use, I blue-blazed it from the top of Shavers Mountain to the falls (the trail going down to the West Fork was, at the time, called the Beulah Siding Trail). And, shame on me, I havent been back since--though I've often wanted to. Maybe somebody could invite me?

backpacking
2 months ago

Did the whole trail with some friends, made for a great backpacking trip with fairly easy trails. Some steep climbs here and there but they were always worth it. The views are breathtaking. Defiantly gonna go back to run it sometime.

Started at the North Terminus on Smoke Hole Rd and hiked to chimney tops. Would love to come back and hike the full trail. Great views and well-marked, well-maintained trails (at least the section we did). There were Carens (spelling?) marking where to get off the trail and head up to chimney tops.

on Table Rock

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike with a beautiful vista at the end. Today it was especially muddy, but definitely passable. Unless you have a Jeep (or other serious 4WD vehicle), you can't get to the trailhead from Blackwater Falls State Park. You need to pick up Canaan Loop Road from Route 32 near Canaan Heights. From there it's a 10-ish mile drive along a gravel/dirt fire road (which is a beautiful trip in and of itself).

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike. Mostly level. Mostly shaded. Great views on rock outcrop. Hang on to your little hikers. Bit of a forest road drive to the trail head. I believe 9 miles or so. Worth doing.

Beautiful scenery -skip the trail and climb the rocks.

on High Falls Trail

backpacking
2 months ago

I loved it. Crossing the West Fork Trail and up the meadow into the woods... couple of good camping sites before you cross the ridge. Couple more at the bottom by the river, and one real nice one by the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Tried to get to this trail via Loop Rd from Blackwater Falls side & had to turn around. The road conditions are rougher than I expected. Its so washed out that there was no way my SUV would have cleared the rock drop offs. Also some very deep puddles that cannot be crossed. I recommend you find another route unless you have a Jeep & like an off-road challenge.

trails were poorly marked, down trees, swamp like mud, poison ivy everywhere, over grown in spots, i would not go on this trail unless it has been dry in the area for a consideranle amouny of time

Steep climb - breathtaking views

backpacking
3 months ago

Moderately hard trail with a good amount of elevation changes. Spectacular views from the overlooks. Spring at half way point.

hiking
3 months ago

Really good little trip. Nice day hike or a nice overnight trip to the falls. Good pull uphill both ways but nothing brutal. Falls are gorgeous

I would consider this hike easier than Seneca Rocks Trail any day. We did this with a 4 year old & she hiked the whole way by herself. Gorgeous views!

The south terminus trail head is at a radio tower. There’s only room for 2 cars to park along the road. Don’t block the tower service entrance. Once on the trail, it’s gentle up to the ridge and while on the ridge. There are dozens of scenic overlooks. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the views afforded by this hike. It’s a challenging hike but not too difficult.

hiking
5 months ago

We have done this trail a few times, mostly to backpack on weekend trips. We have actually never made it to the knob it's self but just before the knob next to the river is where we like to camp. it's a nice moderate trail. beware of bears. We have never seen one there but one time we spotted fresh bear tracks and another a hunter said his dog's just chased a bear in our direction, but we didn't see it. We did see quite a few deer near our camping spot. The trails are not marked but they are well traveled. Please leave nothing but footprints and stay on the trail as much as possible. oh and be sure to bring boots as this trail can get muddy at times.

Did this as a couple day overnight out and back. Lots of fun good views and not a lot of foot traffic. Kinda hard to get to the trail head but worth the effort.

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