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Greenbrier River Trail is a 77.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cass, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 77.7 mi Elevation gain 2,956 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Walking

Bike touring

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Rails trails

River

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

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Hannah Davis
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Road bikingMuddy
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Vanessa Dupree
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Hiking

Absolutely wonderful trail. My family and I hiked this trail from Cass to Caldwell over 7 days. There is so much to this trail I don’t really know where to start. I will say that the maps are pretty much accurate. Water access is pretty good. There are pumps along the trail. Or, if you have a filter springs and creeks, as well as the river. However, the river is not as accessible as one would think along the trail. There are a lot of campsites. Although there are only 1 site at some areas, we shared our space with people because it was so busy on the trail. Also, there are some Adirondack shelters along the way too. Pit toilets are in some areas as well. Wildlife is plentiful. Keep an eye on the river when it is near. We saw herons, bald eagles, coyote, bear, many deer-some with fawns at their side, chipmunks, squirrels, lots of snakes, turtles, and I’m probably forgetting something! The trail is secluded in some areas & busy in others. I felt totally safe the whole time I was on the trail.

Sunny Ross
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Mountain biking

This trail is a relatively well maintained two track with hard packed gravel and hard packed dirt in some places. It follows the river and is shaded, quiet and beautiful. It includes two train tunnels, bridges, river views, dappled scenery, wildlife, and historical sites. There is no cell service along much of the trail and in some of the small towns in the area so download or screen shot maps before arrival. We have ridden 3 sections so far and rest areas and free camping are disbursed about every 5 miles. There are quite far distances between towns though so be prepared with food and repair kits. Cass, Watoga State park, and Droop mountain areas are also interesting, lovely rides but our favorite ride is an out and back for a total of 20 miles from Marlinton at mile 55 north to Sharps Tunnel and Bridge at mile 65. Historic features in this section include a restored water tower and an old turntable. On our last ride to Sharps Tunnel in early July we saw just a handful of riders and hikers on the trail, a deer herd crossing the river, chipmunks, many bird varieties, and a young bear crossing the trail!

Katie Barr
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Mountain biking

Can't believe we live right down the road from this trail and have just found it. Now I can not get enough. I can't wait to see the entire trail.

Greg Yang
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Paddle sports

Absolutely amazing trail and river follows 90 percent of the time. I have done sections and plan to hike ,canoe and bike back to back to back in July

Douglas Sears
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Road biking

One of the most scenic trails on our long list of trails ridden. We prefer starting in Marlinton, WV and riding toward the tunnel

Glenn Swartz
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Mountain biking

Trail in fair condition. Varying from Muddy to leafy to asphalt. Nice section from Clover lock to Marlington. Great fall colors. No cell service so download directions ahead of time. AT&T has service in Marlington. Verizon did not. End your ride at the dirt bean restaurant and bike shop for a well deserved beer or coffee.

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James Barton
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Hiking

Only did 7 miles of this trail on bicycle, but it is gorgeous and easy to follow. Can’t wait to go back and do more of it it the future. Nice that they allow camping on the trail.

Scott Cavanaugh
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddy

What a great rail trail with plenty of amenities. Several blowdowns after sever storms but the park service was quick to clear the trail . I traveled with a group of boy scouts that cleared several trees from the trail and cleared a path through a large section of blowdown. Highly recommend.

Jimmie Hite
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Hiking

biked from Cass down to marilton. great pedal smasher. awesome river views. lots of deer( at this time of year, we saw a doe with her NEW fawn!). camped at about the 64 mile marker. campsite, restroom( surprisingly super good shape) and well/fountain was good treat, I usually don't get. make sure to look at the walls inside shaffers tunnel, you can see the strike marks where they chiseled it out of the mountain.

Scott T.
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Biked from Marlinton (Northernmost access point) to Cass and back to Marlinton estimated 46 miles total. Saw lots of wildlife including various birds, deer, a snake, chipmunks, and, groundhogs. The changing landscape and river views were fantastic. The trail conditions were mixed but better than some earlier reviews mentioned-some minor muddy spots but mostly flat with no ruts, lots of trees line the trail so a fair amount of small sticks and branches here and there, one tree down across the trail and that might have happened today, beware of horse/wild animal droppings, and as a safety note- there is one bridge crossing where the dirt has eroded away on the edge so pay attention when crossing the bridges. A brief rainstorm passed through today so I waited it out under the eave at Clover Lick train station (bldg was closed). There are a fair number of campsites, bathrooms, picnic tables, and benches for those who need such amentities. All the staff I interacted with at Cass (state park and gift shop/restaurant employees were friendly). Of note, I was stoked to have something to eat and drink (the food is not fancy but it hit the spot) at my midway point in Cass.

Jim Stiller
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Cool gravel grinder ...

Derek Le Vie
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Walking

Nice flat path. We only went out about a half mile.

Robbin Rice
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Walking

We loved it. It runs along the beautiful river. the trail was nice. We had no issues with it. we walked,next time we will bike it.

lawrence howard
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great trail. we were hiking and the camp and water at mile point 12.9 was washed away. other than that great trail

Joyce N King
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Horseback riding

we love horseback riding on the Greenbrier River Trail! Theres a great place to camp with your horses at EJs Campsites. lots of great trails. we like to go and spend a week and never get bored!

Pfh Pfh
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Road biking

Rode 26 miles of the trail over the weekend and have to say it was probably the worst trail that I have ridden. We road from the northern trail head in Cass on Saturday, and then headed south from Marlinton on Sunday. There was one location of less than a quarter mile where it seemed to have been maintained - more for hiking than for biking as it was a combination of so much gravel that it was like biking on sand then in the same stretch there were large stones better for keeping a pickup from sinking than for biking. Much of the trail was a pair of tire grooves spaced about the width of a pickup truck, with weeds growing in between. There was little evidence that trail - the riding surface - had been maintained in a few years. In a couple of areas the trail was barely visible through the freshly mowed lawns. And, it's a state park? So, are we to assume that there is an annual maintenance budget?? Maybe the sections of the trail further south are better for biking.

Carrie Carpenter
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Backpacking

Easy walk

Mary Merritt
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Enjoyed a brisk 6 mike hike early morning on June 22, 2018 from Stony Bottom to Cass.

John Bordignon
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Hiking

Great trail and would rate as easy. Would like to go back and bike the trail. We did about 6 miles and then turned back. Great scenery and wild life . We saw 3 deer one of the does had a fawn. My wife almost stepped on a copperhead that was crossing the trail. It was a small one and looked like it just had killed a mouse and was on his way to eat the catch. Would highly recommend the trail.

Brandon Wade Redinger
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my wife and I spent our honeymoon riding this Trail on our bikes.

Ashley Lehman
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i haven't been to this trail in many years, me and my family did this trail in 3 days total on bike, i would recommend to bring enough supplies with you for this, also no cell service from what i remember. its a great adventure but be prepared..

Wayne Walk Jr.
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Hiking

Hiked the entire trail in three days. Cass to Marlinton, Marlinton to Rorer, Rorer to Caldwell. Tracked over 80 miles with GPS. Picked up a few geocaches along the way. Very nice trail, would do it again!

Carla McClure
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Walking

Easy trail to walk or bike. Beautiful river views. Walked only a 4-mile section but want to return and do more.

James Stearnes
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Mountain biking

beautiful ride

Chris Reed
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I had the whole trail to myself this morning. Very peaceful and wonderful views. Want to come back and run all 77mi

Michael (Sambo) Bussell
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Mountain biking

We rode Cass to Marlinton day 1, Marlinton to Renick day 2 only rode 57 miles of trail lower part was washed out by flood. The trail is in good shape despite the rain they have had lots of river views, Deer, saw 4 Black bears while riding, has bridges and 2 tunnels, a couple of swimming spots along the way.

Jonathan T.
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This is a beautiful trail with plenty of beautiful views of the river and surrounding mountains. We biked about 70 miles over two or three days while camping at Watonga State Park.

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