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Elakala to Yellow Birch Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Davis, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 393 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Reviews (144)
Photos (200)
Recordings (101)
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Taylor McFadden
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Hiking

The trail was a waste of time. Super muddy and really no good views

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Jeb Smith
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

This was a really fun trail to hike. The waterfall was really cool and not too terrible to hike down to. The first 2/3 of the trail was all wilderness, was really cool to walk through and lots of shade provided by the trees. about 2/3 the way through you had to walk the main road for a bit. We used the apps map and that's how it had us going. We looked for a trail off the road but couldn't really find it. The Yellow Birch trail picks up a little ways down the main road and you finish out on it. The last part of the Yellow Birch trail wasn't super well marked, but it was easy enough to follow.

Summer Webb-Sundstrom
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HikingMuddy
Zoe Pollak
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Loved this trail! Easy to hike with a beautiful waterfall. You have to hike off trail to get to the falls.

Leah Stankus
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HikingGreat!

One of my favorite trails in the park. This waterfall is less popular than most so there is not that many people compare to the main waterfall in Blackwater Falls. Also a benefit to this waterfall is that you can hike down to the base and get some amazing photos. The green moss is one of my favorite things so bring a hammock set up and relax!!

Summer Burkholder
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Hiking

Love this waterfall and climbing down to get close to the water, but the rest of the trail is fairly muddy/swampy

Tevan Alexander
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Hiking

Beautiful falls

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Kam P.
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Hiking

Mostly simple... Follow the path and the yellow tags on trees

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Mitchell Gruver
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HikingMuddy

This is an excellent trail loop that starts at the Elakala trail and connects to Balanced Rock, Red Spruce, and Yellow Birch trail. The path did get muddy in some portions, but it is an easy trail with low traffic. Great for a morning hike.

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Angel Reichhelm
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HikingMuddy

Well-marked muddy trail which starts out heavily trafficked, but the further away from Blackwater Lodge you get the less people you see. At one point you end up at the petting zoo, which was closed because of COVID-19.

wicked bullets
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HikingMuddyRocky

would recommend hiking boots a lot of water on the trail. Trails are very well marked and beautiful view of falls.

Deidra Morris
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HikingMuddy
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julie_journeys on instagram
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Hiking

I didn't complete the trail, but just made the short walk down to Elakala Falls. It's only a five minute walk to get there (though pretty wet/slippery right now so take your time!) and extremely majestic. Much lesser visited than the main waterfall in the park, so a different feel entirely. Worth seeking out this gem, I was lucky enough to have it all to myself. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

David Prager
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Hiking

Somewhat rocky and rooty trail that leads to the asphalt Gentle Trail, which leads to Blackwater Falls. Mostly gentle grades, but the primitive trail makes for slow going. Nice, dark spruce forest. The view of the waterfall is not as good as the view from the developed area on the north side of the river.

Caitlyn H
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Hiking

Muddy trail, but nice views! Not super hard, a few steep parts but they aren’t extremely tiring.

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Jill DeNinno
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail and great place to walk your dogs. One stretch of the loop on this map is on the actual road, but you could easily double back on the Yellow Birch Trail instead.

Scott Greene
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HikingMuddyRocky

Did this hike early June. Very rocky lots of roots and extremely muddy. Most of the hikers in the forest which is absolutely beautiful would recommend

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Jodi Greene
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Shanna Parlock
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Nature tripsBridge out

the trail was very pretty. lots of gorgeous moss. the app stated the trail was 4.3 miles, but our GPS tracked 5.3. it had just rained so it was very muddy. there had been damage to the trail recently from weather, but it was clear.

Hayden Starcher
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Beautiful plant life and great place to walk tour dog

Maddy McMurry
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Gregory Jordan
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Hiking

Great trail!

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Jessa Mayhew
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