Rocky Ridge Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Caldwell, West Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain1,541 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildlife
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Mary Vigueras
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Steep and beautiful

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Patrick Plaugher
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hard trail, rucked with 25 lb packs

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Randy Dolan
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Hiking

The trailhead can be tricky to find. As soon as you enter the park you can park across the road from gift/ information booth. Then walk past the booth on the gravel road beside booth go up past the maintenance buildings then you’ll find a sign for Old Road trail take that trail a short distance to Intersection with Rocky Ridge trail there are signs for it. From parking to overlook was 3 miles. You can make a loop if you go back down hill using Young’s Nature trail. Not as steep as RR trail. After you leave lookout just take the gravel road back past Rocky Ridge trail keep going till you see Young’s Nature trail sign on your right. 1.9 miles from lookout. You can take it all the way back down to main road then turn right and follow main road back to parking lot. See my recording for the loop. Total loop miles 8.0 and I did it in 3.5 hours

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John Rippy
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Jessica nailed it. I’d recommend taking the road up to the Young Nature Trail on the right, and take that down to Old Home Trail then to the Park Road. All in all about 6 + miles.

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Doug Tepe
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Jessica Brumbaugh
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Difficult hike up as you pass jumps for mtn biking. Little view as you hike up but *Very important* when you get to the top keep going until it spits you out onto the road. At the road make a LEFT and that will take you to the overlook. You can then take the road back down to avoid injury going down the steep trail.

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Bobby Levine
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Hiking

As others have mentioned, come prepared for this hike as it is decently difficult with a steep incline after the first mile or so. Very rewarding because of the physical demands, mildly underwhelming view from the overlook. Not crowded at all and very clear signs posted along the trail.

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Nathan Domeck
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Hiking

Trail doesn’t seem like much until you basically go straight up the side of the mountain, bring plenty of water and be prepared for a tough climb. The view just down the road once you reach the top is beautiful and well worth it. The trip down probably takes less than half the time it takes to make it up. It was a little confusing to find the trail at the beginning, which is why it loses a star, but it’s not too difficult to find.

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Brock Davis
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Mountain biking

This trail is LIT. most fun dh biking in the area. Experts only.

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Robert Londeree
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Hiking

Very challenging trail. Pack a lunch and get an early start. Recommend hiking poles if you are, like myself, not in top shape. Best done as part of the Kate’s Mountain Loop. Take the logging road trail, or just walk the road to Young’s Nature Trail and descend back to the park. The loop continues through the cabin area and out a service road to get back to your vehicle. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the overlook.

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David Webster
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Challenging climb. Great views. Fun hike.

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Olivia Bell
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Definitely a challenge, but a rewarding one! The hillside was quite steep (and I will definitely be sore tomorrow), but if you take an extra minute to follow the road once you reach the top, you’ll come across a beautiful and worthwhile overlook. We had to cross a few streams at the beginning of the hike, so definitely bring the proper footwear!

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C.j. McNamee
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HikingMuddyRocky

Started from the resort office. The trail is moderately easy the first mile. But once you start hiking up the “hillside” it’s extremely difficult. To see the scenic over look, once at the top of the “hillside” take the trail till it meets the road, hop on the road for probably 5-10 minutes and there you will find the over look! I highly recommend ankle supporting hiking boots, and plenty of water! Have fun!

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Anastasia Ward
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Hiking

This is definitely a hard tail- not for the out of shape! It's up a mountain and the last half a mile is incredibly challenging- nothing but a steep slope. There is a nice view all the way up, but not really at the very top. Be sure to walk about .4 miles further in the harvest road (completely flat) to get the incredible view. The trial is very muddy at the beginning and there are about 4 streams to cross so make sure you wear waterproof shoes!

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Jean Patton
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Time trial up to summit and back is a lot of fun. Great trail if you want a difficult work out, marked really well. View is nice from the top in fall. Didn’t go the last .3 miles on flat to the lookout. Make sure to bring walking sticks, Especially if you hike it in the fall.

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Marina Goldgisser
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Rocky

If you start from the forest office the trail isn't really marked. You have to walk the Old Road trail (red blazes) until it meets the Rocky Ridge Trail (yellow blazes). Trail is well marked throughout. Very steep towards the end, picked up a walking stick along the way to help out. Should've brought more water. The way down was tough, since all the leaves were on the ground-- making the path slippery. Went in early November, the view was okay. I could see The Greenbrier. I could see using this trail for exercise or training, but not much for the vistas.

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Orion Chen
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Hiking

In the Greenbrier State Forest map this named Rocky Ridge Trail. Very visible marked.

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Patrick Shea
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Hiking

Stop at the ranger station for alternate way up and down. View at the overlook is awesome.

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Tim Dowling
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Hiking

This is a nice hike in the woods with a limited view at the top. It’s steep in places; a good training hike if that’s what you’re looking for.

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Christine Murakami
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Hiking

Stop at the ranger station at the trailhead to turn this into a loop instead of an out and back. Spectacular views. One of the overlooks has been cleared and is beautiful. Be prepared for the steep uphill. Water is essential.

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Meghan Capps
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Hiking
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This was a tough hike (lots of steep downhill coming down) but my dog and I enjoyed it. I couldn't find either of the marked overlooks (heard they were overgrown) and the trail on the back side of the mountain doesn't have a sign like the others so I wasn't sure about the enterance for a while.

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Sarah Reed
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Megan Ross
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Amber Forester
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Nick Larsen
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Aaron Aaron Layton
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Ethan McAfee
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Christopher Talbot
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Erica Wolfe
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