White Oak to Big Ridge Loop is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Mathias, West Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.8 miElevation gain1,332 ftRoute typeLoop
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Jay Gruber
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Lots of elevation. Wonderful views and vistas. Be sure to wear sturdy boots. Print a map ahead of time since cell phone connectivity is sketchy. Parking was tough to find. All in all a good hike.

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Richard Gregory
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Great loop.

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Sarah Spech
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Great moderate trail! Went with friends and a dog and perfect for everyone.

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Mateo Escobosa
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Great hike. Brought our dog in the winter and it was nice and quiet morning hike.

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Richard Stromberg
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Adam Akers
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howard feldman
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We did this hike on Nov 1, with great weather. We parked near the swimming pool and walked down Howard's Lick Rd to where the trail meets there. We went counter-clockwise, with the steep uphill initially and then terrific views of the end of the leaf color. At the top there is a shelter and outhouses. Unfortunately, coming back down the "tourist" side, also with tremendous vistas, you hike on the same trail that the horses take. Enough said --- I would take away half a star for having to watch your steps. We saw maybe 5 other groups on the hike on a Sunday in the fall. Note that the trails change blazes, but it was not difficult to follow on the map or GPS. We stayed in a cabin in the Lost River SP, which was excellent as well.

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Michael Combs
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Incredible hike. Trails are not too difficult to walk on. Outstanding views. At the top is a pavilion for food and relaxing. Outhouses available also.

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Jared Bartrug
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hate having to leave reviews to save hikes

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Bruce Hankins
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Great trail and great views all around. No matter how you tackle it, the uphill is a bit rough at time, but it's definitely worth it.

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Scott Thomson
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Spectacular views! Definitely download the trail map, since cell service is poor and there are some forks where it would be unclear where to go.

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Heather Rainey
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Great hike, loved the views!!

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Holly Polivka
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Lovely hike, good views, gentle switchbacks, and good for pups.

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Jami Prokoff
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Tony Audia
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Simona Has
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Great easy hike!Scenic views at the top!

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Lindsey Ramdin
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Beautiful views!

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Pat Dante
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Nice scenic trail. Park near the stables on Dove Hollow Road. Horseback riders also use trail. Very scenic overlook near top. Many rocky outcrops on Big Ridge Loop trail. and we did see a copperhead, but we gave him space and he slithered away.

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Cassandra R.
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A great temperate 62 day for a winter hike. The lack of leaves opens up the views and the views were GREAT today. It was busier than I've seen on other days I've visited the trail, so I guess the unseasonably warm weekend day called a lot of people out of hibernation. We didn't spot any wildlife today but had some great photographic opportunities worth the sunny weather. I love this park!

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Jim & Christine Stephens
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This trail was a very nice hike. The one thing it doesn’t say. If you hike to the fire tower it is closed. No ladder at bottom and rest Of the boards are rotten. Also got to see a momma bear and three cubs.

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Yma Sseh
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Hiked this with my dog. The beginning of the trail is uphill jaunt (not too bad). The views at Cranny Crow overlook are spectacular. Just a heads up the Virginia View Trail is overgrown and you need to watch your footing. At the end of the trail, it's worth it to take a small climb to your left. A shaded picnic area is up top, with tables and privies. The trail down is a nice walk in the woods but, no views.

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Cassie Sinichko
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Nice hike although it was still a little warm for the end of September. If you’re headed this way, consider renting a cabin and staying for a few days at Lost River State Park! Great getaway. So peaceful. Almost heaven, West Virginia :)

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Ernest Suarez
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Nice trail with good views at the top.

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Andrea Pope
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Great six mile trail for a novice looking to get a workout. Had a bit of trouble figuring out where to park and ended up driving down Howard Lick Rd until I got to a park with a parking lot. That meant I had to walk about .5 miles to get to the official start of White Oak Trail, but no biggie. As other reviewers have said, it’s overgrown in some places, but omg the SMELL of the foliage is heavenly. The overlook was also amazing. Would definitely do again.

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Kait Hess
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Pretty nice hike. The switchbacks during the ascent are not so bad. The trail is a bit overgrown in parts of the descent but still well marked. Saw a ton of deer. My entire hike ended up being about 7 miles. The view at peak 1 is worth it. You can see 5 different counties.

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Uncel Pyro 2017 AT Thru-hiker
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Boots recommend if you’re not an avid hiker. Pants recommend due to tight trail conditions in summer to avoid ticks. You’ll know that you hiked 6 miles if you hike this trail. We started at the horse stables, where there is parking. If not there, park on the side of the road. There is a short trail leading to white oak trail to the left of the barn. There is a sigh pointing you to White Oak Trail. When you see the second sign, go right. Left takes you back to the road. The first 1.6 miles is a leg burning assent with only one vista toward the top, at the first shelter. Lots and lots of horse nuggets, but that eventually ends. At the top of you first climb, the trail breaks into 3 different trails, stay right and continue to the overlook. Where there is an awesome newly constructed shelter, and time for a much needed break. The trail blazes also change from an orange diamond to a yellow diamond blaze. After your break, the trail name changes from white oak to Millers Rock Trail, and the the trail starts descend along a ridge, loaded with beautiful views. This is when all the horse nuggets stop, but the trail narrows to a single file trail, at times it was very tight between the vegetation, but the trails are well marked, so don’t worry when you feel lost. The next trail name change is at the Virginia View trail head. If you keep going forward, you’ll hit a dead end, but it has fantastic if you have time to explore. It ends at a cliff with awesome views. You’ll have to trail blaze.or break a trail past the double yellow diamond blaze. Take the Virginia view trail, and note that the blazes change to a red square or red dot. This is a very tight and overgrown trail, but well marked. The VA View trail ends at the Big Ridge trail sign, take a left to the last vista or a right to the valley below, which is a slow decent back into society. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ trail conditions ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ views ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ difficulty

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Kiley Sullivan
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Very well maintained shady trail. It was a steady but not too steep incline with incredible views at the top! (You probably won't have cell service to check your map or check-in until you get high enough.)

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Caleb Dorsey
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Very nice hike. We started lower, taking a stroll along the creek and up the fire road before meeting with the white oak trail, then made a loop. It was supposed to be around an 11 mile hike, but we didn't verify and it only took us 4 hours so I'm not sure that's accurate, but it was very challenging, fun, and rewarding.

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