Snake Hill Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews

Snake Hill Trail is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
367 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

Wildlife management area along the Cheat River (3 miles) While the 2,000 acre Snake Hill WMA was purchased to protect the views of the more well known Coopers Rock State Forest from development, Snake Hill has some very nice overlooks of its own and this loop takes you to each of them. Starting at the northern parking area and traveling clockwise, a dirt access road takes you to Table Rock and a view towards Cheat Lake and ofCoopers Rock with Haystack Rock seen below it across the gorge. Coming back along another access road will bring you to a small open area. The trail loop there (again moving clockwise) brings you to several unnamed views and finally to Cheat View looking up the river gorge and towards Raven Rock. These overlooks have no developed railing and can be slippery when wet. Be extremely carefully because it's a long drop should you go over the edge.

hiking
14 days ago

This is a nice trail that leads to some great views of Cheat Lake and the Cheat River Canyon.

Pros: Great views, varied scenery (alternates between thick forests and open meadows), loop trail, not too difficult or long

Cons: Part of the hike is along Snake Hill Road which has no shoulders, no blazes or signs to follow (use the AllTrails app to navigate instead), another part of the hike is along a gravel road

Even with the cons, it is still a nice hike with great views. Definitely recommended if you want a nice hike not far from Morgantown with fewer people than Coopers Rock.

hiking
16 days ago

Good trail with nice views. About halfway through it turns into a gravel road that leads to the main road. That is the only downside

22 days ago

Definitely need AllTrails to find your way on this unmarked trail. Watch for snakes if you try to take the small trail that bypasses the road; i had to double back to the road to avoid a snake.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Lots of good spots with an incredible view to hang out and cool down on a toasty day!

hiking
5 months ago

A nice little trail with beautiful views. It was very muddy, though, and based on the reviews of others, we decided to turn around about halfway and hike back the way we came so as to avoid the part on the road.

9 months ago

I have done this trail twice now. Mid Autumn and late Spring. Both times, great views, little traffic.

hiking
11 months ago

Great view and there's a cool damn with a pond. Nice wide trail. We really enjoyed it except for walking along the road. Next time we will for just go out and back instead of the loop to avoid the time spent waking along the road. Otherwise a great hike we will for sure do again.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Was a good hike for the distance but there is a small section on the road. Vehicles traveling on the road are not cautious of the walkers. It is an unmarked windy trail. Over all good hike

trail running
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beautiful

hiking
Friday, May 20, 2016

Mostly easy, nice overlook.

hiking
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Nice. Less populated than coopers rock.

hiking
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This used to be one of my favorite places to go in Morgantown. It was very private and lots of exploring. Unfortunately the last time I was out there the trail was close and they had logged over half of the hillsides. Be careful if you decide to go out anyways.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The trail is an easy walk, but the real magic is off the beaten path. Two scenic overlooks and an old dam that holds a tiny pond were all off the main path. The views were unbelievable. The trail can be very tough to navigate because there are literally no signs to mark your way, but the tracking function on the AllTrails app made it a cake walk. I would recommend this trail to anyone looking to get out of the house and into the WV mountains!

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