Cowpasture Loop is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hillsboro, West Virginia and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 682 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips




over grown

no dogs

9 months ago

trail was somewhat over grown and muddy, however it was well marked. scenery was remarkable. camped off the trail out of site of the trail but others had been camping on the trail before. good experience. history of the old prison was particularly intriguing

mountain biking
Sat Jul 28 2018

Beautiful area, but the trail was muddy and overgrown. Definitely not good for mountain biking in July.

Sun Jun 10 2018

Grass up to waist. Not good or safe in June. Turned around after walking a mile and it not improving. Would have been nice if it had been cut.

Fri May 11 2018

Really enjoyed this hike... lots of open areas, streams, and peaceful surroundings. Great hike if you just want to walk and meditate. Very easy with just a couple easy hills. Saw some black bear scat but never encountered the bear. I will definitely do this again... think it would be fun with a group. Only downside is at the end of the trail you have to walk about a mile on a gravel road that was boring if you have two cars leave one at each end to avoid this.

Tue Sep 05 2017

Great light hike. Needs a little TLC.

Sun Sep 04 2016

Really nice easy trail that gives beautiful views of the Cranberry Botanical Area. I took my parents and boyfriend on the trail, they don't hike often, and they loved it! Its well marked, the only thing to be aware of is it is boggy in several areas. Would highly recommend to both avid hikers and new comers. Would be a great trail for kids.

Sun Jul 25 2010

Walked the trail at a somewhat leisurely pace, saw several deer. Started at the Upper gate parking lot. Walked down the Cranberry River Road to the beginning of the Cow Pasture Trail. Toward the end before reaching the forest service road the trail was very wet. Something to keep in mind-waterproof footwear. A Nice hike but would have been nice to have been able to follow a trail instead of the road back to the car.

19 days ago

recorded Cowpasture Loop

2 months ago

Sun Apr 28 2019