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Balanced Rock Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 298 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Jeremy Witter
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HikingMuddy

Trail not well kept - numerous very muddy and overgrown spots that were difficult to maneuver around with dogs. Nice variety of landscapes featured. Save yourself the trouble and stop at the waterfalls at the beginning of the trail.

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Melanie Barsotti
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Hiking

Nice trail through some very pretty woods. Was well maintained and clearly marked as well.

Rachel Dowling
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HikingMuddy

Really enjoyed a nice walk through some pretty woods. Not hard at all, muddy but not awful. Got some great photos of mushrooms, lizards, and cairns along the way.

Molly Wilson
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Katherine Bond
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girl mcmu
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HikingMuddy

We started in the lodge parking lot and switch onto several different trails along the way to Balanced Rock. It's a muddy jungle, but was well marked for most of the hike. After we left Balanced Rock, we thought we were still on one trail but ended up in a loop of cabins and had to walk back on the road. Overall, it's a nice park.

Jennifer Arcaro
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Jordan Crist
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Nice easy hike but very muddy. Bring your hiking boots so you don’t break an ankle on the roots and rocks. Woody scenery, very peaceful!

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Cassandra R.
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Muddy

Fantastic hike! Great view of one of the smaller falls. It was quite muddy in areas when we went but manageable. A very cold 28°F day still made for a comfortable hike once in the trees and out of the wind. I highly recommend it, but don't expect big views, just peaceful forest hiking with lovely rock formations and occasional wildlife sitings, mostly gentle elevation changes.

kevin petit
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Hiking

Fun! Not hard but fitting hike that you can expand or shorten based on taste or available time. Waterfall views magnificent. Trail well marked and nature abounds. Exceptional!

Fawn Kildoo
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We did this trail clockwise starting at the water tower trail. Took a right on red spruce trail, walked until we came across an intersection with a trail to the left, thinking it was the balanced rock trail since that’s the only trail on the map to the left of the red spruce trail. Turns out it was not balanced rock, but the Stem winder trail. It took us to the Davis trail where we turned around. Took us maybe a mile out of the way. Still can’t find that trail on any maps! Regardless, the hike was enjoyable.

Jeanni Lewis
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Rachael Theiss
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Kathy Kibbe
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Hiking

Nice trail. Beautiful creeks and forest views. Love the balanced rocks guiding the way

Jason D.
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Shanna Parlock
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike, my four year old loved it. there were a couple of creeks for us to stop and play in.

Hayley Miller
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Beautiful hike! It was the perfect difficulty for my husband, dog and I-not too hard but not too boring. The rocks and roots make you stay focused and present, which is what hiking is all about.

monica d.
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Muddy

Beautiful winding trail through old growth forest with patches of dense rhododendrons. Very muddy in late April. Be sure to wear good waterproof hiking BOOTS with good ankle support as there are lots of large roots and rocks.

Brianna Bennett
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails in Davis

Yma Sseh
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Hiking

A beautiful, muddy hike. Bring a copy of the map. At one section there where 3 different trail markers going different ways. Keep going straight and you'll be fine.

Sharon J.
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HikingMuddy

The rock formation was cool. Trail is not marked very well. There were 3 orange trail markers all going different directions at one point. The park chose to use the same color blaze for differently named trails. This makes things a bit confusing.

Kimberly Laberdee
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Hiking

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.

Jen S.
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Hiking

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

Stacey Zeunges
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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.

Kathy C
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Hiking

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.

Kristin Hellmich
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Hiking

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.

Noelle McColgan
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Hiking

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.

Shelly Sisler
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nice trail with lots to see

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