Balanced Rock Trail

EASY 15 reviews

Balanced Rock Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thomas, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
16 days ago

Not a bad trail, but it wasn't anything spectacular. Besides the rock, the best part of the hike was the amber colored (blackwater) stream along Shay Trace trail by the lodge.

hiking
18 days ago

We came after the immense rain over the past few weeks. It was an easy trail, well marked, and muddy (as expected).

29 days ago

Loved the rock...it really doesn’t look as though it’s just one single one! The trail is labeled as easy and while it wasn’t hard, it had a lot of roots making the hike tricky at times.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice leisurely hike. I took my Dad who is 76 and in decent shape and my sister who is not really in to hiking. They both enjoyed the scenery and did not complain that it was too hard. A lot of the trail was pretty muddy but passable. It had rained quite a bit in the past few days. We made this a loop by taking the Red Spruce trail to the Water Tank trail back to the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

I have been coming to black water falls every year science I was a baby and this has always been one of my favorite trails. It is always pretty muddy at some parts so I would advise against wearing your nicest shoes.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy walking trail, scenery is pretty much the same the entire trip. Making it to the rock formation is definitely the highlight of the trip.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great trail off blackwater falls. We started at Cabin 13 and walked it down to Elakala trail that leads to Blackwater lodge. Neat rock structure, moderate hike, few little streams along the way.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

nice trail with lots to see

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Within a series of trails at blackwater falls. Very beautiful in the snow. The lodge/convention center near the trail also has a restaurant.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nice little out and back hike... Interesting vegetation, beautiful forest. Won't rock your world or anything but nice little relaxing hike in a beautiful, easily accessible area.

1 month ago

2 months ago

recorded Recording - May 26 04:09 PM

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2 months ago

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017