Explore the most popular no dogs trails in West Virginia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 days ago

The bridge IS closed just before Minden. It’d be nice if they would just add a trail to skip the bridge. It’s a super cool hike though.
From the trailhead about .2 Miles in, look for the remains of the coal town Newlyn. The big rectangle by the river was the company store (with post office) and you can see a slab that was part of a bridge next to it. My family ran the coal town in the early 1900’s until a fire destroyed the coal loading rig.

Grass up to waist. Not good or safe in June. Turned around after walking a mile and it not improving. Would have been nice if it had been cut.

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike... lots of open areas, streams, and peaceful surroundings. Great hike if you just want to walk and meditate. Very easy with just a couple easy hills. Saw some black bear scat but never encountered the bear. I will definitely do this again... think it would be fun with a group. Only downside is at the end of the trail you have to walk about a mile on a gravel road that was boring if you have two cars leave one at each end to avoid this.

2 months ago

Well kept

Nice easy trail.

Stunning in mid October

hiking
10 months ago

Great light hike. Needs a little TLC.

badass, this is a sweet little leg warmer upper trail after riding around for hrs to get to the mon forest. highly recommend it, while your in the area go check out the nature center up the Rd, say hi to the workers. thanks to them all we have a piece of heaven to go exploring in. - scout

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice walk, very slight grade

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Simple but unique! It's the people that you with that make the trip amazing!

walking
Monday, April 03, 2017

nice mountain view, short easy trail.

Friday, March 24, 2017

no sleep till brooklyn

Friday, December 30, 2016

I had been planning to hike this trail until I found this at www.nps.gov. Just want to share with other users: "Glen Jean, West Virginia, September 11, 2014—Portions of the Rend Trail, formerly known as the Thurmond Minden Trail, will be closed effective immediately due to safety concerns. Federal highway engineers recently completed inspections on trail bridges throughout the park and discovered structural damage to one of the bridges on this popular hiking and biking trail. The damage occurred on the second bridge from the Minden side, 1.27 miles in from the Minden trailhead or 1.96 miles in from the Thurmond trailhead. The cribbing supporting the bridge has rotted and is no longer structurally stable. Engineers have stated that this bridge is no longer safe and can fail at any time."

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

I fully agree with what is said on this trail description; I did it hiking and it is also a very enjoyable experience. The scenery is beautiful, and yes, the wooden bridges and some remains of the tracks add to the scenery. One can imagine how it looked like a century ago!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Really nice easy trail that gives beautiful views of the Cranberry Botanical Area. I took my parents and boyfriend on the trail, they don't hike often, and they loved it! Its well marked, the only thing to be aware of is it is boggy in several areas. Would highly recommend to both avid hikers and new comers. Would be a great trail for kids.

hiking
Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Monongahela national forest is one of my favorite places to spend my time when I come back home to West Virginia. It fills you with peace being out in this area of West Virginia. This is one of the most beautiful places in God's homeland.

hiking
Friday, April 29, 2011

A good trail if you have small children or elderly with you. More of a sight seeing destination. Bring shoes you don't mind getting wet. We went the day after a rain storm and the boardwalk covered ankle deep with water. Would be a good place to run laps if not crowded and it had not recently rained.

hiking
Sunday, July 25, 2010

Walked the trail at a somewhat leisurely pace, saw several deer. Started at the Upper gate parking lot. Walked down the Cranberry River Road to the beginning of the Cow Pasture Trail. Toward the end before reaching the forest service road the trail was very wet. Something to keep in mind-waterproof footwear. A Nice hike but would have been nice to have been able to follow a trail instead of the road back to the car.

walking
Sunday, July 25, 2010

A leisurely walk,patches of snow still visible,unusual fauna for this far south. Check out the meat eating plant(s). Took my nephew. His first time here.

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