Blackbird Knob Trail Loop

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Blackbird Knob Trail Loop is a 11 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Parsons, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,522 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

11 mile, 3 day, 2 night hiking loop. Averaged about 1mph on the trail with full packs. This trail loops offers an astonishing amount of scenic changes including mountaintop vistas, forests, swamps, waterfalls, meadows, etc. Abundant access to water.

1 month ago

Rocky trails with poor markings. The views and solitude make it well worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Follow Forest Service Route 80; don’t be deterred by narrow gravel road. Keep driving until you hit last day-parking lot. No cars past this point. Short 0.3 mile walk to Dolly Sods wilderness and trailhead.

Most of the trail is well-marked by signs. But, need to be vigilant in a few places, or you’ll miss the turn-offs. Look for stick- or rock-obstructions on ground to indicate correct path (that is, don’t go down the paths that the rocks or sticks block off).

Ground was wet and muddy. Wear waterproof, hightop hiking boots or be prepared to get your shoes soaked.

Fairly easy grade—no crazy hard climbs or descents. Long parts of the trail are covered by small- to medium-size rocks. The soles of my feet are hurting right now, but I wore running shoes and not hiking boots today.

Interesting ecosystem. Biggest wetland in West Virginia. Lots of neat trees, plants, and bugs. Not desolate—we came across 3 groups of people (2 groups of day-hikers like us and 1 group of back-packers). We did the 11 miles in about 4 hours, averaging 22-minute miles.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Best backpacking experience of my life.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017