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Blackbird Knob Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Davis, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 1,207 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

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Max Sheridan
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HikingMuddyRocky

Did this in July 2020 with a big group of people + dogs. We started on the west side and it was about 1.5 miles from the parking lot to the trailhead. We took trail 511 eastward and stopped at the juncture with trail 514 (about half way) and came back. 8 miles total per my watch. Awesome, diverse terrain, from dense forests to sods. Be ready to get a little muddy and go over a lot of rocky paths. Not much elevation change on the section that we did. Fun time overall.

Michele Fouts
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Natalie Kazmierczak
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I wasn’t paying attention toward the beginning and walked off the trail. It was pretty easy to get back on it. I did the entire trail (Blackbird Knob 4.7mi) out & back from Forest Road 75 to Route 37. It was very muddy but as long as you have the right boots it’s worth it.

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Rob c
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FloodedMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

if you want to walk through a rocky muddy sh*t hole this place is for you.

Sharine Petrovich
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Hiking

Disclaimer ** the route for this trail when completed recorded 9.2 not 8.5miles . Wear your sturdiest and comfy waterproof boots because the mud will stick and suck you down in some parts ! Very muddy, very rocky, very beautiful and quite the workout. I haven’t hiked in a month and my legs are dead today. Layer by layer there were so many shifts and forest transformations i wasn’t expecting WV to be this stellar !! So many secluded camping spots and along the river , next time I’m bringing my hammock to stay out for the night . Really friendly hikers and campers I passed by on my way up and down . Poles are recommended as well. No pesky mosquitos or ticks so that was an A+ in my book. The trail ended abruptly in the middle of the forest which was a bummer but so many linking trails nearby and places to enjoy a light lunch/dinner. When leaving the parking lot @9:15pm it seemed most of the cars that were in diverse parking sections were camping overnight ! WV you cease to amaze me , happy trails everyone . Much peace and love

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Anna Machovec
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HikingMuddy

We only hiked to the knob from the trailhead, but amazing hike! Tough terrain at times, get ready for mud and crossing through creeks! We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bill Ankenbauer
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Kelley L.
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Christopher Boyer
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

It's the Sods. Expect mud. This trail has a little of everything Dolly Sods has to offer.

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Bunny Hikes
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HikingMuddyRocky

The trail was beautiful, you travel through many different forests views and over rivers and into expansive meadows. It was very muddy in the beginning and a bit throughout but we heard from a local that this was dry comparatively. Poles help to find rocks in muddy areas, I suggest linking it with nearby trails as there are many.

Lisa George Conniff
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Heather Rose
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Hiking

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.

Brian Bender
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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.

Lisa Cardin Violett
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Hiking

I hiked this today. Gorgeous hike, plenty of camp sites.... cross water 4 or 5 times and very muddy but the rocks that are everywhere serve a massive purpose!!!!! If those rocks weren’t strategically placed on the trail, you’d sink in the mud!!! Kudos to whomever did that! Also, the terrain changes a lot! You’re in thick woods then crossing water then in an open field with views of the mountains then you’re in the woods with leaves surrounding you....it’s definitely a trail I recommend! Next time, I’m camping

Andrew Kisamore
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Hiking

Great change of scenery through out the hike. Provides various landscape contrast.

Amy Hsu
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Hiking

We stayed in Davis, WV for a 4 day hiking vacation - We hiked this trail starting from the Western side - the parking is on 80, just off of Rt 32. It is about a mile from the parking to the real trail head - where Black Bird Knob, Big Stonecoal and Breathed Mountain Trail intersect. The hike is good, spanning both ridgelines as well as some covered areas. The ground tends to be very boggy in places - about halfway across we realized that there are strategically placed stones so you can get through. We hiked across and when we arrived at the Eastern side, detoured slightly to the trailer campground to the right - about 50 yards up the road. There was a picnic table we could sit at to eat, then we hiked back. While AllTrails says this is an 8.7 mile hike - for us it was 12 miles from car to car. We were fortunate to enjoy a patch of late season blueberries as we finished. My dog enjoyed it too.

Callan Hower
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Backpacking

The best trail in the wilderness. It divides the wilderness into two equal parts and you can get to some sweet spots from here

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