Devil's Nose, Tuscarora Trail, and Sleepy Creek Mountain Trail Loop

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Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area

Devil's Nose, Tuscarora Trail, and Sleepy Creek Mountain Trail Loop is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hedgesville, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.6 miElevation gain1,771 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsForestRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeBlowdown
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From Devil's Nose Parking area, follow access trail to right turn onto the blue blazed Tusacarora Trail and follow to Devil's Nose. From Devil's Nose, follow blur blazed trail north to the white blazed trail to the top of Sleepy Creek Mt. Follow Sleepy Creek Mt trail south for 3.2 miles to ATV trail. Turn left and follow down mountain until you reach Meadow Branch. Ford the creek and follow ATV trail up the steep grade to the blue blazed Tuscarora trail. Turn left and follow the Tuscarora Trail back the Devil's Nose access trail and the parking area.

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Joseph Ray
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Amy Ryan
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Hiked 9 miles. Started at the Devil’s Nose Parking lot. Hiked .6 miles to the sign for Tuscarora Trail. Beautiful hike to Devil’s Nose. Continued past Devil’s Nose . Lots of incline and rocks. At this point I would categorize the hike as “strenuous, challenging & HARD”. There were 1-2 spots that I saw blazes on the tress for a different tail , but I followed the app. These blazes were not trails in the App. Once we finally made it to the top of the Mountain, the trail flattened out and was a lot easier, we followed the white blazes, however they were hard to see and spaced out pretty far. We finally came to a point where it looked like some sort of tire marks (ATV or UTV) , we followed this straight...no blazes... following the APP, we turned left and followed the path, still no blazes. This path took us down . Finally we came upon red blazes. I don’t know if these were official. Markings but I appreciate whoever marked the tail. We followed the red blazes to the water where we had to cross by going across a downed tree, not easy. We continued to follow the red blazes up! Back to climbing up. At this point. We were quite tired, but still going up an incline . After the red blazes we met back up to the blue blazes. Hiking in the side of the mountain. Gradually going down and then back up again. We finally made it back to the brown sign and then back to the parking area.

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Tiffany Mosser
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Beautiful hike with the trees and gentle sun. The overlook was spectacular!

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Ezekiel c
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nice trail, good workout, the trail isn't marked at all in some areas which makes having the map very useful. we found a stray dog near the trail head, no name or contact just a rabies vaccination tag. Another hiker took him. see picture, hope it finds it's home.

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aaron burn
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Tyler Hubler
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Mike Garvey
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Good trail experience this 4th of July with the dogs. Challenging without being absurd, nice shade, especially if you start early. It's especially enjoyable if you head in expecting a bit of a bushwhack, so thanks to everyone with recent reviews. Super helpful. The only thing I'd add is that a little past Devil's Nose, as the trail is going up through a rocky section, there is a metal cord running across the trail that I tripped on and almost ate it as a consequence. Wasn't prepped for that! Also check yourself for ticks after. I found 2 on me and 1 on my dog.

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Missy Pressman
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MuddyOver grownRocky

This was a great hike and I would definitely recommend it. The app said we did 9.8 miles. We got to the trailhead about 9:30am and it was raining when we first started out. We ended up getting drenched but when we stopped for lunch at 4.5 miles in it had stopped raining and was starting to warm up a bit. Very challenging hike and if it wasn't for this app, the great directions and tips from other hikers on here we would definitely have gotten lost. Was a little hard to find where to cross the river and then had to just go through it but it was exhilarating. The rhododendrons were just starting to bloom so they should be out in full force in the next couple of weeks. We will definitely be back to see them.

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Carrie A Cieslak
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Jeff Acevedo
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Good hike... there are a few areas with blown-down trees and the trail is slightly overgrown. My wife and I were not aware of the Meadow Branch crossing (luckily we found a down tree and were able to cross (around 6.5 miles into trail, from Devil's Nose parking and after descending from the Tuscarora Trail - down ATV path). The climb back uphill was fairly strenuous (no switchbacks and fairly steep climb). Recommend having a blade of some sort to clear low brush (lots of thorny vines at Meadow Branch crossing). Would recommend giving yourself 8 hours (if you plan to stop and take in any scenery or break for lunch).

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Bridget Cohee
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From parking to Devil’s Nose and beyond DN to Sleepy Creek Trail is beautiful and well marked. Note. It’s easy to miss the juncture with Sleepy Creek Trail about 2.2 miles from parking and for about a mile keep a close eye to stay on white blaze trail. There are many downed trees and overgrowth. Eventually the trail will open up again for about 3 miles then turn left on an unmarked ATV trail that descends to the Meadow Branch creek. It’s really hard to find a trail at this point but we found a downed tree to cross the creek. Photo. A challenging steep climb eventually brings you back to the blue blazes of the Tuscarora trail. Shortly after turning left onto the TT we went off the trail by accident to the end of a road and had to backtrack to find the TT again. But once back on TT blue blazes were well marked back to the access trail. Good running on single track. If you are ok feeling a bit lost a few times you can do this trail and it is really fun and beautiful.

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K Wolt
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Not well marked after getting a couple miles in. Passed the overlook then trail came out onto paved road and went into a residential area.

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Brad Blase
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We did this to escape the confines of the house during the COVID-19 madness. In mid-March, this was a really nice day hike, but GPS'ed out to more like 10 miles, not 8.6 miles. I could see this as being a little overgrown in places later in the year once everything turns green. The section from the TT up the Sleepy Creek ridge trail was marked white but only faintly in places. Once on the ridge, the blazes are both white and blue (old TT?). The fording of Meadow Branch was a little wet, and we had to build a rock steps to get across (almost) dry. The grade up from Meadow Branch back to the TT is STEEP but luckily very short.

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Julie McFadden
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Julie Chickery
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David Hayes
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Greg Gurley
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Stacy Buckley
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Keith Newman
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Savanna Williams
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B L
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