Little Mountain Loop Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hedgesville, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.6 miElevation gain1,817 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingForestRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeBlowdownMuddyOver grown
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This is a 11.5 mile loop that utilizes the current Tuscarora Trail (TT), former TT and some ATV trails. Start at the Audubon Road parking area and follow the current Tuscarora Trail south (light blue blazes) along the ridge top for about a mile where it leaves the ATV road and goes down the mountain to the southwest (ignore the fake bright blue blazes and only follow the standard PATC 2" x 6" light blue blazes). Continue on the TT south until you get the power line cut at about 4.5 miles. Leave the current TT and head west along the power line road, cross the creek/beaver pond (can be wet and tricky) and make a right onto the old TT after about 0.5 miles. Follow the former TT for 2.2 miles (faded blue blazes) up to the top of Sleepy Creek Mountain (SCM) and the active logging area. Follow the SCM Trail north for 2 miles. Turn right onto the ATV road follow down the mountain to Meadow Creek. Ford the creek and head up the steep trail to the current TT. Turn right and follow TT south back to the Audubon Road parking area.

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edgar de los santos
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Annemarie Athey
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

This is really an 11.5 mile loop which took us 6.5 hours. As other reviews suggest, there are parts of the trail that are no longer clearly marked. We were able to use AllTrails to keep us on track, but had to search for the trail/keep the app open multiple times. We passed three ATV's and two hunters in five minutes and those were the only people we saw in 6.5 hours. It is a very pretty trail, especially with the leaves starting to change. There are a couple of views, the first is right at the beginning of the trail, off to the left. The second is when you get to the logging area, when you walk on the path past the loggin area, TURN AROUND to look at the view behind you! The beaver damn was neat with trees that had been chewed down by beavers all around it. There is one very steep incline, but that didn't last more than 10 minutes and was towards the end of the trail. There were lots of bright blue blazes which we knew not to follow thanks to reviews on here. At times, there were no light blue blazes to be seen and we had to rely on the app again. It was a peaceful, fun adventure. We went into it knowing that it would be a challenge to find the trail and welcomed that in exchange for the solitude. Afterwards, we stopped by nearby Berkley Springs and dipped our feet in the outdoor public spring stream which was fun. We had a wonderful meal at Tari's as well. We took one star off for the unclear trail markers, but thoroughly enjoyed this hike otherwise!

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Nathan Altier
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

This was a demanding hike! I would strongly advise making sure you have a GPS device, compass, map, or some mad scouting skills because we found ourselves well off trail o. several occasions. take plenty of water and some protein bars. it will take you half a day. beautiful scenery. Worth the time and energy! P.S. I don't advise you take advantage of the cut through the middle without muck boots, wide streams and marshy.

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Lennin Marin
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HikingBlowdownFloodedMuddyOff trailOver grown

Not for the faint of heart! Trail is poorly marked, we got lost multiple times. Thank god we had a map and a compass. We were the only ones on the trail, we saw no one. It rained recently when we went, so the log crossing at the power lines was fully submerged under water. We had to venture upstream to find a shorter crossing. Be prepared to have your feet soaked. Multiple water crossings thru out the trail. It took use 9 hours to complete the trail ( getting lost, eating lunch at the lake, taking multiple breaks). Trail is poorly maintained. Overgrown bushes everywhere down trees thru out. Long sleeve shirt, pants, waterproof boots, extra pair of socks, map, compass, water, and food are a must!

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Brad Blase
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown
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This a great long day hike (about 11 miles) with a few challenging sections. Be prepared for two water crossings (one with a beaver dam pond) and some minor route finding. This is a really pretty hike but parts of the trail have not been used for a while so be prepared for some overgrown spots and a couple of big blow downs to get around.

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Greg Gurley
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Stephanie Codina
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