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

hiking
23 days ago

Nice wide trail making hiking with pets a breeze! Pretty view following the river!

1 month ago

Well kept

Great hike all down and state back up !

on Kaymoor Trail

1 month ago

One of the most remarkable hikes I've ever been on. Don't be discouraged by the stairs.. the ruins at the bottom are amazing and so interesting to see. The buildings were abandoned in the 60s and are now inaccessible to go inside. The top of the trail is incredibly steep at times but it's so worth it. I can't wait to do this again, I love WV!

on Stone Cliff Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We went on a whim along this trail with our dog. It’s a very interesting walk down then back up to about 300 ft around a bend in the river. There were several nice waterfalls/streams to cross by stepping on rocks, the waterfalls trickle down from way up on the hill. We went further than the posted trail, around the bend looking for what might be a “stone cliff”, but we only found large boulders that had fallen down on to the trail. Another person mentioned a growel from the woods, we also heard it too past where the trail was supposed to end. We guessed it to be a large wildcat of some kind, but we did not see it. We decided to turn around and go back shortly after the noise. We then get on here to post a review and read another person’s post with a similar story. We recommend not going alone if you’re going to past the lower trail and up the final incline.

Easy hike. The best views you can just drive to them. Not challenging or satisfying

Great trail but it was to slippery to continue down the rocky steps with my dog safely. But the snow made for some beautiful picture but it trail was very easy to find and parking with a restroom was about 50 yards from the trail head

hiking
2 months ago

Great exercise and would only do this once only because you literally do a mountain of stairs only to end up in ruins and then u get to turn it around and walk all the back up a million flights of stairs. It was fun and a unique experience. But if you have dogs make sure they are capable of it bexause it's pretty intense. Hard is the perfect rating for this.

hiking
2 months ago

Not for the faint of heart (seriously, you need to be in decent cardio shape and at least slightly athletic)! Very cool historical trail - the mining ruins are pretty awesome especially on an overcast day. Wear good shoes as the trail is steep and easy to roll ankles on. And bring plenty of water. You’ll burn some serious calories if you go to the river and back. Overall pretty fun and you’ll feel majorly accomplished at the end.

its been redone recently. looks great

hiking
2 months ago

I am not in great shape but I’m adventurous and young so I went for it. So I’m a super beginner and didn’t listen to others on how difficult this was. It was daylight when I started and then by the time I finished it was completely dark

Relatively easy trail with a fair amount of vistas showing the Gorge the whole way. Take the road on the way back for a beautiful pine tree tunnel!

Beautiful views along the trail and the only strenuous part seemed to be the stairs. Great rocks on the way as well even though someone wrote "Bong Rip Cove" on one of them

hiking
5 months ago

We loved this trail! A fairly steep combination of slope, stairs, and rocky path takes you down to the first level of Kaymoor. Here you can explore buildings. A very long and winding staircase takes you down to the bottom level where the mining activity occurred. We were pressed for time and didn't go to the bottom. Warning, it is quite a lot of stairs to get down (and back up!) there! Well worth it.

6 months ago

Pretty steep area at the top of the 800 steps is more interesting than everything at the bottom. The bottoms all fenced off.

hiking
6 months ago

Breathtaking view

Amazing views!!

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed the trail. Short, but moderately hard. Keep going to river when trail ends. It's not too much further. Steep climb down and back up from river then the stairs! I slipped about 3 times climbing back up from the river. I would not recommend dogs on this trail due to cliffs and stairs. Waterfall was dry. Great time of year to go, not a lot of traffic. Cool mine ruins. Careful - I got lost for a few minutes because I climbed higher than the ruins, then I could not see them over the rocks. I loved the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail with a friend. Around the 2.4-mile mark, the trail becomes less traveled and starts to pull away from the river as it enters the river bend. My friend and I heard a growling-like sound coming from the hillside above us, and when it repeated a couple seconds later, we decided it was time to turn around and head back. We didn't see where it was coming from but listening to audio clips online later, we think it may have been a bobcat. Be careful if you hike this trail, especially if you go by yourself.

nice views of the river. the trail is flat and wide for easy walking. and the distance on the trail can be what you make it.

We did Castle Rock to Grandview and back. Castle Rock was challenging. Grandview was nice with some amazing views.

I loved the scenery

mountain biking
9 months ago

Nice trail. We hiked/biked it. Beautiful views of the river, and several small trails leading to the water. Slight downhill grade following the river. Coke ovens were awesome !

9 months ago

Great hike plenty of things to explore. The steps going back up are a demanding but doable.

hiking
9 months ago

Rating of difficult is accurate. Bring lots of water. I wouldn't recommend this for small children. Wish there was a clear cut path that extended down the rest of the way to the water. We hiked left down the tracks for about a mile and saw the beautiful waterfall shown in our pictures. This would be a pretty rough hike for a dog also.

trail running
10 months ago

tough run. lots and lots of steep uphill and downhill. great run that kept my time up but worth it

on Stone Cliff Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Very close hike by the water, lots of opportunities to eat lunch by the river. Very muddy, trail becomes impassable around 2.8 miles not sure if there is more.

hiking
10 months ago

I've been to this trail two times now. Once in the spring and once in the summer. The spring is definitely the best time to visit. The lack of foliage allows a much better view of the old mine equipment and the coke ovens. The Fayette Station side is the easiest access point but is closed due to rock slides. The ranger I talked to said the repair funds have been requested but probably won't be issued until 2018. The mine can be accessed if you begin at the Cunard trailhead as well. The Kaymoor Miners trail is a difficult trail down to the mine. This trail head is located southeast of Fayetteville along Gatewood Rd. Follow the brown NPS signs. If you go during the summer, I would suggest a hiking stick of some sort. You'll want to beat the brush ahead of you to let the non-legged denizens that live there know you're coming.

hiking
10 months ago

My wife and I went to this trail on July 3rd 2017 and it is closed indefinitely due to unstable conditions. Being the curious person I am I had to see for myself. I made it about 200 yards out the trail and the hillside has slipped making it virtually impassable. Really busted my bubble because I was stoked to make it out to the old coal town and look around at the ruins left behind.......BUMMED......

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