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1 day ago

I take my dog out on this in the summer because there is a nice stream for her to cool off in. After you pass the camping area you do not have to have a lash on your dog.

This trail is 2 miles not 1 1/2, and is moderate not easy. I started at the archery range entrance which was an uphill climb. It does level off after about 3/4 of a mile. I will definitely do this again but will start at the other end of the trail.

14 days ago

Nice easy trail. Mostly in the shade. You do hear a lot of interstate noise though.

Nice easy trail. Mostly shaded but a lot of noise from I-79.

Limited parking, but great for something not too far away from the city.

Not a bad trail, but some parts were steep. There was a neat little spot below alligator rock where we were able to sit on top of a rock and eat lunch.

27 days ago

The overlook wasn't much of a view at all. However if you're willing to take a short jaunt down the hill from the rock, you'll find some awesome rocks and even a small cave

1 month ago

Nice, easy out and back trail. Along the way you can see and old, abandon, sealed coal mine ad a slag pile dam. I think it is close to 1.5 miles out and back not the 2.5 miles in the description.

1 month ago

This is a nice trail with some steep sections. There are several rock outcroppings close to the trail and a rock overhang that is a nice place to take a break and possible have a quick snack. It is located fairly close to the shooting range so it can be a little noisy.

great trail. hard. It was steep but we loved it.

1 month ago

Should be listed as moderate, would be a great trail for the fall but still worth doing in the summer

1 month ago

Hiked Beech Glen to Wildcat Trail to Polly Trail for a 3.9 mile loop, starting and ending at Polly Hollow. Nice hike with several steep sections, but just before you feel like passing out the trail levels off and gives you a chance to catch you breath. Seriously, if was a great hike and I will do it again!

Super easy and a nice quick local walk for me!

I’m not sure I would say this is easy... most of the out part is uphill. But good thing there’s plenty of room to rest on the “overlook rock” cause I was beat once I got to the top!

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.

1 month ago

Nice hike. Great scenery.

Nice trail, lot of climbing. Stepped on a snake, ran back off hill. Cool rock you can climb up.

Good difficult technical trail, more so than I remember. Large down tree across the trail in the flat on last third before connecting back to Davis Creek trail.

a lot of uphill but wonderfully taken care of and great for weight loss and muscle building. great scenic stops and places to rest as well.

Nice trail. Would be great in the fall. As others have said, this is not an easy trail it definitely should be listed as a moderate. If you venture off the trail a little 100 ft. , to the top of the mountain, you can see some better ridge line views. (The location I paused on my recording is where I went on up the mountain a little)

2 months ago

We take this trail with our two year old in a toddler pack. He really enjoys getting out and playing in the creek at the beginning of the trail. It connects to a bike trail on the way back and you can walk onto the alligator trail from there. This trail is very woodsy and quiet. It is also a popular trail with a lot of foot traffic so I feel quite safe.

A quiet and easy uphill trail with limited parking at the base. The views of downtown from the top are wonderful and the trail works as a nice escape from the city in a pinch.

This is a beautiful trail! Just recently started hiking and I found this trail to be doable yet slightly challenging. The views are awesome!

Terribly marked. Fun walk in the woods, not much of a trail after 10 minutes. Lots of thorns. Steep inclines.

great trail. Mostly uphill, Steep. lots of rocks and trees to rest on. 1/4 of a mile after passing the over look vegetation becomes thick. Took an 11yr old and a 14 yr old. kids had fun ( a little challenging for the little one, but he loved it). We encountered a Timber Rattle snake. It was a beauty. I give it 5. looks like a stream runs next to it in certain spots but it was dry when we went.

One of my favorites - Alligator rock is a guaranteed winner for kids

4 months ago

More moderate than easy, but worth it. Good for kids - not too long and good variety - stream, woods and rocks

Super steep hike up but worth it. Follows an almost-vertical creek most of the way to the top. There's a gas road up there and good views, but don't lose sight of the trail.

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.

7 months ago

Excellent trail for hiking as well as seeing different fungi and flowers from spring to fall!

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