Blue Bend Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.
dogs on leash
GPS directions are no good. Plug this address into your GPS and it will get you to the camp area, bridge where the trailhead is.
Blue Bend Rd
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Up and down. From the suspension bridge I went left on the loop. I preferred this as the ascent is steeper up the switchbacks on this side of the mountain. This way I got the climb out of the way and then enjoyed a more moderate descent ending with level hike along the river. Trail is not well marked, but typically obvious to follow. However, on the ridge line it was pretty overgrown and there were couple times I wondered if I had strayed off trail. Nope.
What I really like about this trail is the variation. Sometimes canopied like a tunnel, other times barely a ridge along a steep hillside, other times beautiful open woodland, skirting the river or scenic look outs. It's a great trail, with nice camp ground at the trail head.
Enjoy the hike. The trail was in good condition. Took a break at the shelter. Great views from the overlooks.
you leave the swinging bridge and start up anthony creek trail . you head downstream along the river for about 3.8 miles . then you turn left on blue bend loop trail were you ascend up 7 switch back that lead to the shelter , then you start to descent were you come across 3 great overlooks then to the swinging bridge....