Overlook Rock Trail

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Overlook Rock Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
501 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad hike but I wouldn't say it's easy. The park map lists it as moderate and that's a much better description. It's more of a hike than just a walk in the park.

1 month ago

good trip with friends and the dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Not easy! My kids struggled with steep terrain and lots of huge trees to climb over. Beautiful though!!

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great hike but there was a lot of trees had to climb over not good for kids

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I absolutely love this trail! I come to Kanawha State Forest often and this is a stop every time. It is definitely not an easy hike, so be warned. I would say moderate to difficult, as most of it is straight up a steep hill. It does make a nice loop, which is great for people like me who hate backtracking on hikes.

If you are coming to this trail for the overlook, I recommend beginning at the first entrance to the trail (not the one at the bow range). To find it, enter the forest by the main road. Go just past the turn-off to the pool and park in the small, unmarked gravel lot on the left. A sign across the road marks the entrance to Overlook trail. From there, it is a short 15 minute hike (about half a mile) straight up to the overlook. The rock at the top provides a great spot for photos, a quick picnic, or just resting after the climb. For a casual hiker looking for a quick hike with a rewarding view at the end, this is the best way to go - as long as you are in shape.

From there, your options are to go back down the way you came, or to continue along the rest of the trail (about a mile). In summer, I do not recommend continuing this way for the casual hiker, as the underbrush is quite heavy along a lot of the trail (this means briers and poison ivy). This half of the trail is not as difficult, but I do find the overgrowth unpleasant. This half of the trail is not as heavily traveled which probably contributes to this. However, it is a nice hike in other seasons, and when you come out the other end, it is a very short walk along the main road to get back to your car.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I've done this one a couple of times. Always a fun time with a great view, but definitely a little challenging to get there. I don't know who ranked this as easy!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

nice little hike, overlook a bit overgrown due to summer leaves, but a cool , quiet spot to have a sit for a while!

some steep spots, there was a little bit of briers, but having a set of hiking poles thwarted both!

if you are stayin in Charleston for work like I am and want to get away, this is a good option.

Parking is at an area setup for archery practice , so its a good landmark.
cheers!

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3 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

Great trail should be rated moderate.

4 months ago

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6 months ago

Nice Trail with some views