High Falls Trail

HARD 31 reviews

High Falls Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Glady, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

Easy in-and-out trail, 4 miles each way (8 miles round trip), to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole.

camping
rocky
7 days ago

I’ve made this trip many times, all my devises say it’s just under 6 miles. The ups and downs are steep and rocky but manageable. I go camp for up to 6 days and carry up to 50lbs of gear and it’s approximately 2.5 hours from road to falls.

hiking
2 months ago

A fun hike. I went in late November with a dusting of snow on the ground - absolutely beautiful. The falls are gorgeous but the hike in and out is even better.

backpacking
4 months ago

Firstly, it’s not easy in and out. The first .5 mile or so from trail head is easy but as you approach the hill/mountain you’ll be surprised at how the description says, “easy in and out.” There are switch backs both up and down the mountain and a pass between the two peaks/hilltops. Heavy stone and root systems everywhere which was a bit interesting when it was wet. The way down the other side was pretty steep so expect a substantial climb back out. Once you crest the hill and make your way down you’ll see a set of train tracks. There is a blaze and a path directly across the tracks but please just make the right and follow the tracks about another .5-.75 miles to a small little train stopping area. You’ll continue to see blazes down the tracks. The train stop area is the falls. If you are making a few days of this expect a lot of visitor traffic. There is a scenic train system that regularly stops for site seeing. Not many camping areas tbh. If you are looking for wood for camp fires, expect laurel and it didn’t burn well either, and everything is picked clean. Very pretty falls and great rapids which make for some good white noise camping. Don’t bring a horse. It is not safe for that. I don’t know who put that.

hiking
5 months ago

Overall this was a pretty fun trail and easy to make a day trip out of. The trail was pretty muddy in places and very rocky in others. Some parts of the trail aren't very well blazed but the path was pretty obvious so it wasn't hard to find the way. Some parts of the trail, especially near the beginning are very over grown, so it'd be wise to keep an eye out for snakes as I was about 5 inches from stepping on one. The falls themselves are gorgeous and the water is perfect to soak your feet in.

hiking
6 months ago

One of our favorites in the area, not thrilled when the Tourist train stops but no biggie. Scenery is Worth every mile .

hiking
7 months ago

40+ years ago, finding the trail faint from non-use, I blue-blazed it from the top of Shavers Mountain to the falls (the trail going down to the West Fork was, at the time, called the Beulah Siding Trail). And, shame on me, I havent been back since--though I've often wanted to. Maybe somebody could invite me?

backpacking
7 months ago

I loved it. Crossing the West Fork Trail and up the meadow into the woods... couple of good camping sites before you cross the ridge. Couple more at the bottom by the river, and one real nice one by the falls.

hiking
8 months ago

Really good little trip. Nice day hike or a nice overnight trip to the falls. Good pull uphill both ways but nothing brutal. Falls are gorgeous

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fun trail to go on, Ì went 11/5/17, about 4 hours round trip. Basically walking up a hill half way then down the hill half way. Easy marked trail with blue diamonds (and yellow rectangles) on the trees. You’ll come to the top on the hill where it forks, left will take you on the Allegheny Trail, and right take you to the High Falls (there are signs). Once you come to the railroad tracks make a right and follow the tracks down stream around a few bends until you come to a train stop and you’re there. Ì suggest reading Scott C’s post down below on how to find it because ì had trouble finding the trail head myself.

backpacking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

I Love this hike. Myself and a couple of friends hiked it last week which was mid to late August and the weather was perfect. Not to hot not to cold, just perfect for a good day hike. The train was there when we got there and the view of the falls was an absolute treasure

Friday, July 28, 2017

Great trail! Went backpacking and slept the night by the falls. Swimming hole under the falls was great!

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Hike was great, medium difficulty due to plenty of trip/slip hazards. The water in the river was a good chilled temperature. No one here seemed to mention that there are snakes at the falls, so that was quite the surprise. The group I hiked with was getting ready to swim just below the falls and we happened to spot a snake, and then another and another, etc. I still swam but the rest didn't so that was quite disappointing. Turned out to just be common watersnakes.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It needs a few more blazes as we had to stop and scan a few times. But this trail was beautiful and well worth the sweat. We were the only ones on the trail today. The oasis of the train stop was great! If you walk along the tracks, be wary of the train during excursion season- the trail gets pretty close.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Great Hike!! Terrible directions ... walked for three miles trying to find the trail head.. once we found the trail head the hike was a blast!!

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

The directions given by the app are ok...until you start looking for the trail head. My GPS tried to get me to go down some private driveways. The trailhead is right on Beulah Rd on the right. Blink and you will miss it. It is only marked by a small hiking sign about 25' from a wide spot in the road, which is where I parked. The sign at the trail head says .5 miles to High Falls...that is only to the High Falls Trail. The trail is rocky and rooty, so wear some good shoes with ankle support, and a little mucky in some spots. Great hike, with some great views!

camping
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The trail was great. Well managed. Very few trees down over the trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 19, 2014

I did this trail with my 9-year-old son in July 2014. This was his first hike of any length and we did it in just over 2 hours each way. We swam and snorkeled in the spectacular swimming hole at the foot of the falls, and camped just next to the river. Didn't see another person the whole time. Just after we left, around noon on a Wednesday, we heard the tourist train arrive, presumably from Elkins.

camping
Friday, May 09, 2014

My go to early spring trip. Better before mid April when the trains run. Also, if you head upriver, you come to what was a place called "Harper," which has good camping spots and a nice riverside to explore, swim, and fish if the river is down. It is along a RR siding, so there may be RR cars sitting there, which is kinda cool, and there are springs nearby to get fresh water.

hiking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Not as spectacular as Blackwater Falls but beautiful. A must see.

hiking
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Great trip

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2011

Go for it!! Great Swimming holes reward you!

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