Explore the most popular birding trails near Davis with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

We have done this trail a few times, mostly to backpack on weekend trips. We have actually never made it to the knob it's self but just before the knob next to the river is where we like to camp. it's a nice moderate trail. beware of bears. We have never seen one there but one time we spotted fresh bear tracks and another a hunter said his dog's just chased a bear in our direction, but we didn't see it. We did see quite a few deer near our camping spot. The trails are not marked but they are well traveled. Please leave nothing but footprints and stay on the trail as much as possible. oh and be sure to bring boots as this trail can get muddy at times.

Did this as a couple day overnight out and back. Lots of fun good views and not a lot of foot traffic. Kinda hard to get to the trail head but worth the effort.

backpacking
4 months ago

Just got back from a trip there. Beautiful scenery. A lot of the trail is very rocky. Not pebbles but large stones you have to negotiate. We happened to go in the rain and the trail was a creek with a few larger pools that presented challenges to keeping your feet dry. The creek was up do to the rain and was quite impressive. Multiple camps sights down by the creeks edge. We made it from the parking lot at the top of fire road 80 to the campsites in about 2 hours or so carrying packs.

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked this today. Gorgeous hike, plenty of camp sites.... cross water 4 or 5 times and very muddy but the rocks that are everywhere serve a massive purpose!!!!! If those rocks weren’t strategically placed on the trail, you’d sink in the mud!!! Kudos to whomever did that! Also, the terrain changes a lot! You’re in thick woods then crossing water then in an open field with views of the mountains then you’re in the woods with leaves surrounding you....it’s definitely a trail I recommend! Next time, I’m camping

Great change of scenery through out the hike. Provides various landscape contrast.

hiking
7 months ago

check road conditions when you're planning to do this trail! tried to get to this trail yesterday and it was completely inaccessible - forest rd 244 is closed for the year and with all the recent rain, canaan loop rd past lindy point was almost impassable (it's normally a rougher rd but it's currently full of giant pot holes and swamped in some areas). if you have a truck/jeep/4 wheeler you would probably be fine coming in from the lindy point side, but i couldn't make it in an AWD subaru.

8 months ago

fantastic hike!!!

hiking
8 months ago

We stayed in Davis, WV for a 4 day hiking vacation - We hiked this trail starting from the Western side - the parking is on 80, just off of Rt 32. It is about a mile from the parking to the real trail head - where Black Bird Knob, Big Stonecoal and Breathed Mountain Trail intersect. The hike is good, spanning both ridgelines as well as some covered areas. The ground tends to be very boggy in places - about halfway across we realized that there are strategically placed stones so you can get through. We hiked across and when we arrived at the Eastern side, detoured slightly to the trailer campground to the right - about 50 yards up the road. There was a picnic table we could sit at to eat, then we hiked back. While AllTrails says this is an 8.7 mile hike - for us it was 12 miles from car to car. We were fortunate to enjoy a patch of late season blueberries as we finished. My dog enjoyed it too.

backpacking
9 months ago

Must do!

backpacking
9 months ago

The best trail in the wilderness. It divides the wilderness into two equal parts and you can get to some sweet spots from here

hiking
10 months ago

Not much sunlight hits the trail so the moisture doesn't evaporate. It was very muddy when we hiked it last year. It was a sunny day and the view was beautiful. Seeing a beautiful hawk was one of the highlights!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice scenery on the trail, especially Red Creek area. Loads of blueberries in season and surprisingly no ticks on our traverse. Went from Timberline ski area to campground and back. Only negative aspect was constant rocks on trail challenging ankles and slows you considerably. Spring at campground ice cold and decent bathrooms. Allow more time for slow travel. Authorities did a good job here trimming overhanging branches.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Not worth the hike. No good views

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Used this app for directions to trail head and couldnt find it. Ended up hiking an old dirt road used for 4x4 and secluded camp sites. Suggest confirming directions to trailhead first.

backpacking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Quite difficult!

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

I loved table rock. It was well worth the easy hike.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

We did not see the rattlesnakes or the mud. What we did see was beautiful scenery. Especially the view from Table Rock.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Very easy out and back trail in Blackwater Falls State Park. Suitable for dogs (on leash or under owner's control), kids, and my moderately fit 74 year old mother. Relatively flat, with a couple of small hills. There are rocks and tree roots on the path, so it is definitely a hike, versus a walk. Path wanders through the forests of Blackwater Falls and ends at gorgeous views of the gullies. Stacked stones mark the turn off to the views.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Great Hike and especially beautiful view at Table Rock. Easy so it makes it nice to bring someone who isn't all that into hiking. Be careful though, I have come across good size rattlesnakes at Table Rock and almost stepped on one in a crack.

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Nice trail at Dolly Sods

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fairly level, easy, 1-2 hour hike, as mentioned, a little or lot muddy depending on time of year and if recently rained. Stunning views of protected forest land. Road to/from to trailhead is equally scenic. Bring a camera. Highly recommend.

hiking
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Very nice and easy hike - as others have mentioned, it is a little muddy in spots but nothing to prevent you from going. Great views at Table Rock. Would recommend!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Awesome landscape, I am pretty sure the dolly sods are where unicorns and hobbits live. If you do this trail access from the western side unless you are fit. Is a vertical hike from red creek.

hiking
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Short hike with lots of unavoidable rocks, and frequent sloppy wet ground. Above-the-ankle, waterproof boots are a must. The views and solitude certainly make this a hike worth doing.

hiking
Monday, January 27, 2014

The trail was incredibly washed out- even before the sign that says "The USFS no longer maintains the trail past this point." Leisurely grade, but difficult to stay out of the water- not recommended for winter hiking.

hiking
Monday, May 20, 2013

Very short, easy trail with a beautiful forest surrounding it. It's easy to avoid getting muddy if you take the time to figure out which rocks to step on, but most of the trail is generally dry. The view is spectacular in spring, summer, and fall. The road on the way is also full of beautiful forests and abundant wildlife. I've hiked this trail multiple times and the view never fails to take my breath away.

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Good trail can easily be done in a hour depending on how much time you spend at the rock. Great view at the end defiantly worth the short hike.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 07, 2010

My Experience:

I parked my truck in a spot just over the bridge WV32.
This trail started with a 3 mile ride on a busy road, from the bridge to the Trailhead. The start to the Real Trail was well marked on the side of WV32.
The singletrack quickly disappeared into the unknown.
The trail is very easy to navigate, and because it is a fairly flat ride, I soon realized I had to find the ideal gear, and just ride the trail in that gear.Because the whole singletrack section is through dense forest, there are no views or scenic wows BUT, you dont miss them, cos this trail gives you a great remote feeling which I thought was pretty cool. There are a few minor ups & downs on this trail, but nothing serious, as well as a few minor creek crossings. One section of the trail was extremely boggy / muddy and there was just no way to ride through it, or around it. This singletrack section of the trail is about 8 miles, then you end up on the Canaan Loop Road. Now all that was left was about 8.5 miles of road back to the truck and starting point

My Verdict:

Well first, this is a just under 20 mile loop, BUT 12 miles are on road, and only the 8 miles of singletrack are actually fun. If I was to advise anyone who wants to ride this trail, I would highly recommend they did an In & Out this would mean 16 Miles of excellent singletrack.
The trail was very well maintained, and well marked.
This trail is not fast, or scenic, but it does offer the rider a remote XC feeling. This trail is rated Difficult in the books, Im not sure why this is, I myself would rate this trail Moderate

Other Info:

Traffic on Trail : No one at all
Wild Life : None, but there were numerous clear and fresh markings of bears on the trail
Scenery : Not much at all.
Other : VERY muddy section on the singletrack section

My Trail Rating : 6 / 10

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