Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

i was just on a small portion of the trail at douglas falls and overlook but it was gorgeous highly recommend checking it out. just past the postoffice in thomas take a right drive towards douglas there will be a deadend sign on the left take it

Went May18-19. Overnight.
Lots of rain week prior and the night of, creeks were high and fast making crossing challenging, especially at night. Camped above main falls. Beautiful hike out despite wet feet for 10 miles. (there and back)

Beautiful in the winter.
Went Dec. 31st solo for an over night. Temps in the teens, singles over night, foot of snow, creek and falls almost completely frozen. Amazing nook to camp under right next the main falls.
Be careful, cell service is zero. Cold weather is breathtaking, but dangerous.

Great level trail. Great camping. Lots of water falls

Fun trail to go on, Ì went 11/5/17, about 4 hours round trip. Basically walking up a hill half way then down the hill half way. Easy marked trail with blue diamonds (and yellow rectangles) on the trees. You’ll come to the top on the hill where it forks, left will take you on the Allegheny Trail, and right take you to the High Falls (there are signs). Once you come to the railroad tracks make a right and follow the tracks down stream around a few bends until you come to a train stop and you’re there. Ì suggest reading Scott C’s post down below on how to find it because ì had trouble finding the trail head myself.

camping
8 months ago

Beautiful place for backcountry camping

backpacking
8 months ago

I Love this hike. Myself and a couple of friends hiked it last week which was mid to late August and the weather was perfect. Not to hot not to cold, just perfect for a good day hike. The train was there when we got there and the view of the falls was an absolute treasure

backpacking
9 months ago

followed the directions that it gave me. found out from a local that some landowner had slashed a woman's tire for parking by the trail head. so we had to park on the other side and walk the tracks the entire way. other than that it was a beautiful place to spend a couple days.

Great trail! Went backpacking and slept the night by the falls. Swimming hole under the falls was great!

hiking
10 months ago

One of the most picturesque trails I've ever been on. Did the whole trail and back which took about 4 hrs maybe a little less.

hiking
10 months ago

Hike was great, medium difficulty due to plenty of trip/slip hazards. The water in the river was a good chilled temperature. No one here seemed to mention that there are snakes at the falls, so that was quite the surprise. The group I hiked with was getting ready to swim just below the falls and we happened to spot a snake, and then another and another, etc. I still swam but the rest didn't so that was quite disappointing. Turned out to just be common watersnakes.

hiking
10 months ago

We logged a 11.4 mile roundtrip with my GPS. This trail is well used and in good shape. There are areas of mud. On the route to the big waterfall there are many other small ones along the trail. There are many camp sites for overnight stays, most are set up with rock crafted seats and firepits. Five Star Trail for scenery alone!

hiking
11 months ago

Very pleasant hike with wide trails and periodic stream crossings. The elevation change wasn't super challenging. Very few people in the morning, but definitely busier in the afternoon

backpacking
11 months ago

This is a great trail with some beautiful views.

on Seneca Creek Trail

backpacking
11 months ago

This was a beautiful trail with many great campsites. We started at the Huckleberry trailhead so we only hiked the northern section of the trail. This was definitely the busiest of all the trails. We had to cross the river three times, the deepest part was almost to our knees but the portion we hiked wasn't that difficult. The water was cold but not unbearable. I would love to visit again in the fall.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It needs a few more blazes as we had to stop and scan a few times. But this trail was beautiful and well worth the sweat. We were the only ones on the trail today. The oasis of the train stop was great! If you walk along the tracks, be wary of the train during excursion season- the trail gets pretty close.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Great Hike!! Terrible directions ... walked for three miles trying to find the trail head.. once we found the trail head the hike was a blast!!

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

The directions given by the app are ok...until you start looking for the trail head. My GPS tried to get me to go down some private driveways. The trailhead is right on Beulah Rd on the right. Blink and you will miss it. It is only marked by a small hiking sign about 25' from a wide spot in the road, which is where I parked. The sign at the trail head says .5 miles to High Falls...that is only to the High Falls Trail. The trail is rocky and rooty, so wear some good shoes with ankle support, and a little mucky in some spots. Great hike, with some great views!

backpacking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beautiful hike, would consider this a very easy trail for experienced backpackers. Water was a bit cold but went for a swim anyways, creek crossings were great, did not have to take off boots or get feet wet. Trail was dry and in good shape. Would consider this trail again if was ever in the area again.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Hiked this 4th of July weekend. Water was cold and running high. Still passable, though. Another couple of days of rain and it may not be. Start off early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Great, highly recommend hiking in to camp, then spend a day on the falls swimming. moderate hike in switchbacking up a the classic west virginia landscape.

hiking
Monday, December 07, 2015

Hiked in about 3/4 of a mile past judys Creek Trail. Beautiful trail couple Creek crossings that's why we turned around was a little to high to cross down beyond judys. Good places to camp if you want to turn it into an overnighter.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Great hike!!! And scenery

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Amazing hike!! Definitely among my top places to go

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

This is a good hike. If you park at Glady and follow the trail to High Falls you are going to walk about twelve miles round trip. 3 mile flat on rail to trails and the rest is over the hill and a mile or so on tracks. Great hike and you can camp to if you would like.. Lot of terrain is rocky!

camping
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The trail was great. Well managed. Very few trees down over the trail.

hiking
Monday, August 18, 2014

To be clear, the overview and description on this hike do not match up with directions in the "drive" button above. If you do follow these directions to the West Fork Rail Trail parking lot, you will experience a nasty shock when you set out on the hike and find that it's actually 12.6 miles roundtrip to get to High Falls back.

After parking at the West Fork Trailhead in Glady, the path on the West Fork Rail Trail is 3.2 miles. Since this is a converted railbed, there is no concern of getting lost here. You'll then come to the High Falls Trail turnoff. Be on the lookout as the path is marked with a small upright post and the trail can be quite overgrown. Turn right, and the High Falls Trail then leads into the forest, which is pretty well marked with yellow and blue markers. Eventually, the High Falls and Allegheny Trails split. Be sure to keep following the Blue markers for the High Falls Trail. Around where the two trails split, you'll begin descending again and eventually meet the railroad tracks. This is where we decided to turn around because we were losing daylight and we severely underestimated the distance. Looking at the map though, if you turn right, and walk along the tracks, you'll eventually reach the falls.

Good luck!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/West+Fork+Trail+Parking,+W+Fork+Trail,+WV+26268/High+Falls/@38.7617143,-79.7700285,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x884b21f6c4483cb3:0x797a434b40f9fd05!2m2!1d-79.725046!2d38.788821!1m5!1m1!1s0x884b18dc41d4c6e1:0x4d575e1735584578!2m2!1d-79.7776003!2d38.7722517!3e2

hiking
Saturday, July 19, 2014

I did this trail with my 9-year-old son in July 2014. This was his first hike of any length and we did it in just over 2 hours each way. We swam and snorkeled in the spectacular swimming hole at the foot of the falls, and camped just next to the river. Didn't see another person the whole time. Just after we left, around noon on a Wednesday, we heard the tourist train arrive, presumably from Elkins.

hiking
Friday, May 30, 2014

Beautiful area to hike in, especailly if you go on a clear sunny day. Creek trail is a very nice river walk with a couple nice waterfalls, but be aware, that you'll need to make a few fords, so expect wet feet. The views from the meadows are also spectacular.

camping
Friday, May 09, 2014

My go to early spring trip. Better before mid April when the trains run. Also, if you head upriver, you come to what was a place called "Harper," which has good camping spots and a nice riverside to explore, swim, and fish if the river is down. It is along a RR siding, so there may be RR cars sitting there, which is kinda cool, and there are springs nearby to get fresh water.

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