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Go to one miler for the family. My 3 year old easily keeps up and can climb up to the top of the rock formation. Not blazed but the path is really clear.

Really enjoyed this trail with my two year old and my husband.

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15 days ago

My family and I enjoyed this trail. However, it is difficult in terms of physical exertion (coming back out). I counted 822 steps on the way out (there are different numbers floating around tho). There are also a few other sets on the trail that would add to that number. If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy yourself at the bottom. If not, you may not care as much. We LOVED the nostalgia of walking where miners did almost 100 years ago. At the bottom of the trail, if you take a right, you can see the old coke stove ruins. They are very neat. To the left at the bottom of the trail, you can see the old power house, tipple, and processing plant. Before you start the steps down (after coming out of the woods), you can see the entrance to the old mines on the left. I would recommend this trail to anyone that likes history who is in decent shape. As mentioned above, coming back out is very demanding. Happy hiking!

hiking
15 days ago

A bit of a disappointment. There really isn't much to see at the bottom of the steps. At the bottom of the steps are two collapsed buildings and a short metal structure. There are no trail markings indicating where to go. However, if you go to the right and follow the path (carefully) it will lead down to a row of coke ovens over a football field long. If you haven't seen coke ovens before, they are pretty cool. You can view them up close. There are also some signs explaining the area on the way down. Other than that, there's not much to see. I did encounter several people using the trail for fitness/exercise. One guy preparing for an iron man event. Yea, this trail is that tough. At the top of the steps is a carving in the railing indicating 813 steps. However, there are even more steps before you get to those. Plus, a decently steep trail that leads down to all of this. Is the trail worth doing? If you are in decent shape, yes. If for no other reason, do this trail for the bragging rights.

hiking
21 days ago

Very enjoyable out-and-back. The sites are worth the effort. We visited in July however, the shade of the canopy kept the hiking cool. I reviewed the history of the area after the fact however, I recommend that you do so in advance of your hike. It will make more sense. I can only assume that a spring or fall hike would allow you to see more of the sites artifacts when the ground cover is not as plush.

Great hike. Definitely watch for rattlesnakes in the open part of the clay run trail

1 month ago

One of my favorites in the area! The ruins and history are incredible.

The first part of the hike is a steep walk weaving down the mountain, where you pass a small, pretty waterfall. It levels off before you come to the stairs. There’s plenty to see at this level, like an old mine entrance.

Take the 800 steps to the bottom. There’s lots of cool stuff and structures on either side of the stairs.

The “trail” ends at the bottom, but plenty of people go right at the bottom and explore off the path. If you walk far enough, you can find the ruins of the coke ovens. It’s also possible to get all the way down to the active train tracks and cross to get down to the river, where it’s fun to watch the rafters pass.

LEAVE THE PATH AT YOUR OWN RISK! There are a lot of hidden threats. There are holes, spikes, metal, and more in the area. The old railroad tracks have decayed in a way that’s left a lot of gaps. The active tracks are ACTIVE, and the gravel makes it easy to get stuck. The current of the river is strong.

Please remember to leave no trace. This includes biodegradable items. I keep seeing more and more garbage at the end of this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

this was my second time to the mines but first time down the stairs and back to the top. extremely hard trail,but so worth. everyone was great and felt like old friends. we stopped quite a bit to rest and other hikers were very understanding. Southern WV has the greatest people. I encourage others to take the challenge and do this trail. just give e yourself a full day and bring lots of water.

Went on the hike yesterday morning, and the temperature was perfect. We took the North Mont Chateau trail and veered off into some other trails, and at the end clocked in at about 11.5 miles (with 175 floors climbed)! The hike is marked well and has some great views. Walking in between some of the massive rocks, seeing the Iron Furnace and seeing the mini-beach at Cheat Lake were some of the biggest highlights. The overlook of Coopers Rock is amazing but was extremely crowded. If you come during early morning, you may have a better experience. Overall great hike, definitely worth the 5 hours for me. Check out some of my photos. Sitting down afterwards was great haha

I saw a bear at clay furnace.

I had a day off and decided to hike this trail, since all the reviews said the trail was marked and easily followed I knew it would be a great hike. Unfortunately, it's not marked all that great and I ended up taking wrong turn that resulted in 1.5 miles out and back to get back onto the trail turning my 5 mile hike into 8.
I used the app the rest of the trail until i happened upon the end of it which wasn't well marked at all and eventually I just followed the road. Everything was beautiful, and had this been at my peak fitness a couple years ago I wouldn't have felt like I was going to die. I'd recommend using the app to guide you if you're going to follow this trail as it is actually a loop around several connecting trails. If you do that, you'll likely have a much better experience than I. Happy Trails!

It’s a beautiful trail down into Kaymoor. We went in the dead of heat and still stayed cool on the trail. The way up is tough, but there are plenty of chances for intermission. Don’t let your lack of cardio keep you from enjoying the trail. Don’t rush it! Take your time and enjoy it and reading about the history on the way down.

Very intense but such a cool hike.

Super easy and a nice quick local walk for me!

Really nice little hike! It rained earlier in the day, so some parts were a bit swampy, but the trail was fairly even and was well marked. We went in the evening, and got to see a couple frogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a hard trail very steep going down to the mine and then you had 800 steps to the bottom , we turn around then and went back up, would like to do it again and go all the way to the bottom just need to start early in the day for this one need time for taking a lot of breaks going back up

hiking
2 months ago

✅off my bucket list! Everyone on this trail was so nice.

Trail starts great down through huge boulders. Declines down into a valley with a beautiful creek and the clay furnace. The second half of the trail is pretty open without a lot of great scenery.

Great hike all down and state back up !

on Kaymoor Trail

4 months ago

One of the most remarkable hikes I've ever been on. Don't be discouraged by the stairs.. the ruins at the bottom are amazing and so interesting to see. The buildings were abandoned in the 60s and are now inaccessible to go inside. The top of the trail is incredibly steep at times but it's so worth it. I can't wait to do this again, I love WV!

Great trail but it was to slippery to continue down the rocky steps with my dog safely. But the snow made for some beautiful picture but it trail was very easy to find and parking with a restroom was about 50 yards from the trail head

hiking
5 months ago

Great exercise and would only do this once only because you literally do a mountain of stairs only to end up in ruins and then u get to turn it around and walk all the back up a million flights of stairs. It was fun and a unique experience. But if you have dogs make sure they are capable of it bexause it's pretty intense. Hard is the perfect rating for this.

hiking
5 months ago

Not for the faint of heart (seriously, you need to be in decent cardio shape and at least slightly athletic)! Very cool historical trail - the mining ruins are pretty awesome especially on an overcast day. Wear good shoes as the trail is steep and easy to roll ankles on. And bring plenty of water. You’ll burn some serious calories if you go to the river and back. Overall pretty fun and you’ll feel majorly accomplished at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

I am not in great shape but I’m adventurous and young so I went for it. So I’m a super beginner and didn’t listen to others on how difficult this was. It was daylight when I started and then by the time I finished it was completely dark

We had a great time in the park. We went with the Girls Who Hike WV group and had 2 children along with us. We found 3 geocaches hidden as well while there. We hope to have a picnic next time too.

hiking
8 months ago

We loved this trail! A fairly steep combination of slope, stairs, and rocky path takes you down to the first level of Kaymoor. Here you can explore buildings. A very long and winding staircase takes you down to the bottom level where the mining activity occurred. We were pressed for time and didn't go to the bottom. Warning, it is quite a lot of stairs to get down (and back up!) there! Well worth it.

9 months ago

Pretty steep area at the top of the 800 steps is more interesting than everything at the bottom. The bottoms all fenced off.

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Enjoyed the trail. Short, but moderately hard. Keep going to river when trail ends. It's not too much further. Steep climb down and back up from river then the stairs! I slipped about 3 times climbing back up from the river. I would not recommend dogs on this trail due to cliffs and stairs. Waterfall was dry. Great time of year to go, not a lot of traffic. Cool mine ruins. Careful - I got lost for a few minutes because I climbed higher than the ruins, then I could not see them over the rocks. I loved the trail.

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