Pancake Rocks is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dryfork, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.7 miElevation gain124 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersOver grown
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Great little hike off forest road 70 in the roaring plains region. This trail is not marked other than frequent cairns along the path. The path itself is not too hard of a hike but it is relatively not maintained so plan on having to bend under a few branches and walk through a few small boulder fields.

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Leah Shamblen
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Hiking

not really any view but good little secret trail

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Evan Contorchick
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HikingOver grownRocky

There is not much of a trail here after leaving the road. It's marked with cairns that are somewhat hard to follow. Lots of rocks and brush to crawl through. The view we found is somewhat obstructed by pines. Didn't seem to live up to the good rating it has on here. Still worth checking out if you don't mind the conditions, having offline map download is a huge help, would be easy to get off course in the thick brush.

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russ burke
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Bird watching

I got kidnapped and experimented on by aliens. don't go here!

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Megan Kerrins
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HikingOver grownRocky
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Dare Lightner
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Hiking
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Rebekah Highfield
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Hiking

Beautiful trail and overlook! Only thing was it was hard to navigate once we got off the fire road. Thank God for AllTrails record feature!

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Alexis Marietta
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

Definitely worth the hike up but very overgrown and poorly marked. You’ll see it maybe 5-10 minutes into the hike on your left. Look for a thing of stacked rocks. I definitely passed it the first time around. You’ll follow little stacked rocks up the trail. Beautiful once you reach the top. Also hiked this with my chihuahua and she did great on it.

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Jeb Smith
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Finding this trail was a little tricky but my wife and I didn't use the guide map on this app right away, lol. This trail is marked with stacks of rocks others have left behind not any other trail markers. If you follow the trail map on the app it'll take you right to it. Stay to the left on the way up and the right on the way down, if you do you'll find stacks of rocks all the way up. Great views and really cool scenery along the way.

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Chrissi Cumberland
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Hiking

My recording of this route is terribly off! There were several cars parked at the trailhead, so I mistakenly assumed they were all heading the same direction I was. I hot footed it down the old roadbed and missed the right-hand turn onto the trail. The area was so green and overgrown in the summer, it was hard to see. The forest floor is covered in thick moss and large rocks. The path is marked by cairns, but some are more "helpful" than others in finding the route to the top. Based on the parking, I expected to see several families there. Instead, I had the overlook to myself as long as I wanted it. Nice, quick trail with a big payoff. Finding the route was challenging and fun. Maybe other trails nearby???

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Dominique Spadavecchia
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Hiking

Loved this hike. With COVID19 they make you park at the bottom and hike up to the trailhead it’s about an additional 2 miles up but so worth it

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Theo Trailblazer
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

Fun quick hike off the beaten path.

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Brittany Collins
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky
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Brad Mills
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HikingOff trailScramble

This is a great Short hike to a really nice view. Park at Forest Road 70 gate. Walk just .2 miles looking to the left. You'll see a path and a cairn up on the bank. Just follow the cairns to the top. The cairns are visible almost the entire way. I even left a couple more where I had to guess the way. This path is not on the Dolly Sods or Flatrocks Roaring Plains maps. Little investment, high payoff. Happy Hiking.

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Dustin Felker
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HikingRocky

One of the best short hikes I have ever taken. The view is spectacular. Gives you full meaning of Wild Wonderful WV. From the gate, the start of the trail is 0.23 Mile on the left. Take A GPS and Mark each rock pile to leave a waypoint paper trail. Lots of small caves for the kids to explore.

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Randall Andrews
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Hiking

Thanks to other reviewers, was able to easily find the beginning. With all the rhododendron, trail is a little tricky to follow on the way up, just keep a close eye out for the rock cairns. View at the top is beautiful.

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Sara Golden
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Hiking

So once I found the right road to start from the trail head was easy to find. At first I started from a road that had a kiosk and I thought was 70 but was not, so I wasted about an hour looking for the cairn off the wrong road. A few miles up the road 70 was clearly marked. The first few cairns are easy to spot but get harder and harder to follow because there is so much moss and fungus growing on them they blend right in. It was exciting to search for them but it would be easy to lose the trail and I was by myself. Overall it was a really fun scrambley little trail and was beautiful at the top. Thanks to Michiko's comment with directions on how to find it otherwise I would've missed out on this one.

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Fawn Kildoo
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Hiking

Thanks to others reviewers I was able to find this nice hike. There was barely a trail and if it wasn’t for the cairns along the way we would might not have made our way to the top. It was fun trying to find each pile going up. Rewarding views at the top with a bit of a rock scramble.

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Michiko Martin
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Walking

Fantastic view! This is a great short hike--definitely worth it. Have to park on side of road in front of gated Forest Road 70. Need to walk about 0.2-0.3 miles to trailhead. Trailhead is not marked. You have to look to the left of the road for a cairn that marks the start of the path. (If you walk 0.4 miles down the road, you missed the path. Turn around.) Follow cairns up the entire path to the summit. Climb is not too hard, and is short enough. Beautiful moss and ferns.

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James Nichols
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Love the green mossy trails on the hike to Pancake Rocks :-)

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