Potato Hole and Meatbox Run Trail

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Kumbrabow State Forest

Potato Hole and Meatbox Run Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Huttonsville, West Virginia that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 889 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash



1 month ago

Beautiful trail especially in spring with waterfalls and views. Logging activity detracts in areas.

2 months ago

The directions via google maps take you to a private road. The beat way to get there is to go the main entrance to Kumbrabow and start by the picnic area. Make sure to stop by the falls while you are out there.

We did the 5.5 mi loop with our 5 yr old and 2 yr old in the pack, they did great! Not a bad family hike.

Sun Sep 30 2018

My hubby and I did the Meatbox trail only. 1.7 miles uphill. Steep in 2-3 sections, one at the very beginning and another at the end. The trail connects to the Rich Mountain fire trail, which appears to be a service road. Once you come off of Meatbox, turn right and walk about 1000 ft then take another sharp right to hike out to the big view. We walked back down Meatbox as we were parked at that areas Picnic grounds. We hiked in late September 2018, after a week of heavy rains. The trail was very wet. We crossed running water on several occasions. You can hear running water in Mill Creek during most of the hike. Don't try this trail in flip-flops. Water-proof Columbias were a blessing. We had the forest to ourselves. We'll be back!

Mon Sep 03 2018

I went 1 mile out on the meatbox run trail adjacent to the meatbox picnic area. It starts up a steep hill but levels out. The trail is not managed and has a lot of overgrowth. Some muddy areas. Not easy to do with a 5 & 7 yr old. Could’ve been a nice hike with better hiking boots and no kids. There is a nice playground and picnic area on the opposite side of the road where this trail starts at.

Mon Jul 17 2017

We started on the Potato Hole trail and returned via the Raven Rocks Trail on a sunny, very warm day. Overall a nice loop, although at times and Potato Hole trail seemed a bit "close" and needs some more use to keep the trail visible. The trail goes to the viewing stand (not really a tower) at the top of Rich Mountain - a splendid view with little evidence of civilization. The area around the top was logged recently, most likely for the Black Cherry trees for which this forest is managed. The rest of the loop is good, although the walk back to the car from the end (or beginning) of Raven Rock is on the road (lightly traveled and in the shade) can get a bit long. Definitely worth a visit to these little used, but well marked trails.

8 months ago

Sat May 18 2019