Old Backbone Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Old Backbone Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Logan, West Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.7 miles 1184 feet Loop

dog friendly





old growth

over grown


The Old Backbone trail is no longer maintained or marked, so be careful! Lots of off-trail hiking, may be muddy along the mountainside so wear good shoes and bring a sturdy stick. There are several opportunities to take a maintained trail instead if it gets too muddy/steep.

9 months ago

This trail can be as easy or challenging as you like. When I completed this trail in August of 2015, there was a tiny runoff that I used as a climbing trail to the top of the hill. It got slippery in some places and there were a few points where I had to abandon the water trail for some dry ground and trees to hold onto for stability. There is a designated, well-maintained trail from the parking area up the "mountain". Sticking to the provided & marked trail makes the trek much easier and keeps the incline from becoming too steep without warning.

5 years ago