Valley Falls via Rocky and Rhododendron Trail

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Valley Falls State Park

Valley Falls via Rocky and Rhododendron Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairmont, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 711 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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river

waterfall

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rocky
1 month ago

blowdown
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rocky
1 month ago

Not a bad trail to hike, but not much to see in April.

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2 months ago

Beautiful place! Will definitely come back. We didn’t go on any trails but we did walk the path to the water views. Awesome.

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2 months ago

W didn't get to walk the entire trail but it was beautiful. We started at the end of the parking lot to right. The home up the hill was a bit strenuous but not too bad. Coming down was not as steep. We came out behind the pavilion. The trail was a bit muddy.

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rocky
5 months ago

Rocky Trail section was quite steep at both ends. Be prepared. Scenery wasn’t spectacular; maybe it’s just the time of year. Might be really pretty in fall.

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muddy
9 months ago

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9 months ago

The trail is very well maintained. Even with trees that fell, the trees were all mostly cleared and kept clean. Bring bug spray. This trail in particular had only 1 big hill and the rest is pretty easy. I'm not in terribly good shape and this was a pretty easy trail. Highly recommended. Very well shadded, the trails weren't over grown at all, wasn't terribly rocky and we had a very good time.

Nice easy walk. A few spots have a decent incline, especially the beginning of Rocky Trail, but once you make it up there is the opportunity to see plenty of wild life.

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rocky
9 months ago

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10 months ago

Fantastic trail, wide and moderate inclines with multiple ruins of long gone water driven mills to see, and creatures about. Park in the big lot on the right. the trail head is on the end. About 3/4 mile in take the unmarked trail to your left. you will take two additional lefts before string at a gorgeous falls and dandy beaches. It is great for a morning basking in the sun/water while nude, or so I heard.

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Sun May 05 2019

Great little hike!!! It can be enjoyed by most people. It is steep at the beginning and end of Rocky Trail and if it is muddy it is very slick. Good shoes or boots are needed. The waterfall at the end was nice.

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Wed Apr 10 2019

Four stars for the falls, the hike is nice but average.

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Sun Mar 24 2019

Always a fun little hike to do with friends and the dogs! The waterfall at the end is definitely worth exploring!

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Sun Jul 29 2018

The hiking trails are nice but the best part is walking down to the falls and climbing on the rocks. One of the prettiest state parks in West Virginia. It is a must for any WV hiker.

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Sat Jul 14 2018

what a beautiful little park tucked back into the hills. nice park for kiddos to play at or have a picnic and moderately challenging hiking/biking trails. definitely worth the detour during our cross country road trip!

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Fri Jul 06 2018

Lots of downed trees, recent rain make for a muddy hike. Lots of wildlife to see and hear. Well worth the hike. I will return in the fall.

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Sat Jun 30 2018

Nice hike. I don't know how people can think this is 'mostly flat.' Check out the elevation map. There's a great long climb for the first half (starting at parking lot by the falls and going clockwise). The trail itself is wide and you can really see the forest. The trail is rocky in places, so beware of ankle turners. There is another set of falls on this hike -- once you get a mile or so in, there's an unmarked trail the splits off down to the left. This goes to private property, but I was told by ranger that the people don't mind you going down to look at the falls here, which are taller than the ones in the main area. Just don't leave trash, swim, etc. Also, This loop (at around the 1 or 2 o'clock position) cuts through the park ranger's back yard and onto the main road -- that last mile is down that main road. Next time I'm either going to avoid that and use Wild Turkey Trail, or go on the road for just a little bit then take Red Fox trail to Deer trail. all in all a great 2 hour hike,though.

Wed May 23 2018

Nice trail, great waterfall at park. Was a really chill hike!

Tue May 01 2018

A nice little hike

Sat Aug 26 2017

Not a bad hike...very easy and pretty much all flat...trail is very wide. I think a lot of folks use it for mountain biking as well...pretty cool history along the way as we got further into the hike, towards Hammond, we started seeing a lot of old bricks and worn down structures from the old brick factory...beautiful views of the Tygart river from the beach area...walked the railroad tracks back to valley falls and got some good pics...all in all, not a bad hike for a couple of hours on a beautiful Saturday.

Fri Aug 18 2017

The falls here are beautiful! I followed the train tracks a bit off trail and ended down by the water. Huge rocks, beautiful views!

Sun Jul 09 2017

cool little trail. easy walk pretty view along the way. waterfall!

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Sun Jul 09 2017

Beautiful area! We hiked down Rhododendron Trail and found 27' Falls and Twin Falls. Can't wait to go back this fall.

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