Kanawha Trace

HARD 13 reviews

Kanawha Trace is a 30.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ona, West Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
30.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,347 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

historic site

The Kanawha Trace is a multi-purpose trail for hiking, backpacking and mt biking. The trail was started in the late 1950's by BSA Troop 42. Mostly single track through wooded areas, some paved/gravel road sections, the Kanawha Trace is rated as difficult with over 4000 feet of elevation gain. Three camping areas along the way with two spots for water. The trail traverses over three counties: eastern Cabell, Mason and Putnam. There is a $0.50 registration fee.

trail running
19 days ago

The Ona entrance is not easy to find. From First Sentry Bank, go east on Mud River Road for about a 1/4 mile. Hang a left on Wildcat Rd., which goes under I-64. The trail head is on the right about a mile out Wildcat Rd. Don't enter the woods at Trail Mile Marker 1. Go about a 1/2 mile more on the road and the trail goes up the hillside at a well defined stairway.
Tough sledding, but enjoyable. Will definitely get a workout!

1 month ago

I’m not sure who said this trail was well marked, but it certainly is not especially on the Barboursville end. Maybe I’ll try again in the winter time or on the other side, but this essentially seemed like walking through the vines behind someone’s house and the trail, if there is one, it is really hard to follow.

trail running
1 month ago

The trail was hard but very nice. It was well maintained and well marked at least for the Kanawha Trace Race.

3 months ago

I wasn’t able to find the trail across from the first sentry bank; there’s hardly a sign where the app takes u through directions and is across from someone’s property so no parking there... then I went to first sentry Bank at intersection of mud river rd and us Rt 193; walked across the mud river rd and tried to find the trail but could not....

Could someone please guide me find the trail across from first sentry bank if it is there

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, very clearly marked and well maintained. Completed in two days. Total milage is 31.8 if you start from the trailhead at the intersection of Mud River Rd. and US-193 in Barboursville. No signs there but it is directly across the road from First Sentry Bank. There is a small gravel shoulder big enough to park two vehicles and a telephone pole with a yellow and white trail blaze. From there it is a road walk down to Wild Cat Rd. on the left. Go under the over-pass of I-64 and walk until you see Mile Marker 1 on the right, enter the woods there. The other terminus (with mile marker 31.8) is located at the antique store across from the end of Staves Branch Rd. Mile markers throughout the entire trail so GPS is not necessary. Lots of (mostly friendly) dogs along the road walks, a few snakes, occasional livestock, and plenty of ticks! I wouldn't plan on sleeping at Eagle's Nest shelter, it appeared to be a party spot for local teens (fair amount of garbage/junk lying around and very muddy). Over-all, one of the best trails in the area and easy access to both trailheads. Highly recommended.

backpacking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Nice trail with lots of ups and downs. and you can see alot more when the leaves are off. well marked for the most part, but the mile markers didn't match up with my app. and it quit tracking after 17.5 miles but counted the time. so pay attention to the trail markers in case this happens to you. and remember better to go unprepared than to not go at all.

11 months ago

Great trail. Hidden gem in this area. Traverses my property. Great for stand alone backpacking trips or as a prep for long distance treks ie: AT, Philmont, National Park Trips etc.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail for hiking, backpacking and mt biking! Lots of elevation changes so don't leave your trekking poles at home. Make sure you have lots of water and bug spray.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago