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Pipestem, West Virginia Map

so it was March 24th, but lo and behold we had snow and lots of it! That had its own treat. I love hitting trails in all seasons. For example you could hear the river below but you couldn't even see it. I found the trail a little confusing, ended up looping twice, it was good exercise. Wear good shoes, there's a lot of tree roots and rock, but if you're into it it's great!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trail wasn’t as well kept as I would have liked.

I stayed on the River Trail not realizing I was supposed to turn onto the Canyon Rim Trail which takes you to the Heritage Point. Still, this was a fantastic hike. I saw one other person the entire time I was on the trail. There is ample parking near the trail head.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Took the dogs for a walk on this trail back in 2013 and they loved it all though they was wore out when we got done. Most definitely want to take plenty of water if it's in the heat of Summer.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Started a leisurely walk from McKeever Lodge..exited the lodge and walked across the entrance road to the right and walked down the paved handicap access road to the right of the Arboretum (Long Branch Trail .3 miles) to the lake handicap fishing pier. Took the Lake Shore Trail (2.2 mile loop) left towards the dam. After crossing the dam the trail enters the woods a bit above the lake shore and one needs to be careful of the exposed tree roots which could cause a tripping, falling hazard. The trail starts out easy to follow but once you begin to follow it up a hollow away from the lake the trail seems to disappear, perhaps due to leaves carried down the hollow by rain,etc. I saw no blue blazes(I will admit I was not looking too hard for any until the trail began playing out). I continued up the hollow until I got to an old dirt road. I then began seeing blue blazes, marking the trail to the right.I was perhaps a little confused because the trail was called the Lake Shore Trail in the Pipestem State Park map and trail guide and I mistakenly assumed the trail would continue it's entire length along the lake's shore. From the trail's intersection with the old road it was easy to follow back to the handicapped fishing pier. At the intersection of the Lake Shore Trail with Lake View Trail I walked down to the lake for a nice view looking down toward the dam. There was a trash barrel there in need of being emptied. Back on the trail I encountered a couple of muddy spots but they were easy to avoid. Between the intersections of The South Side trail and Turkey Spur trail with the Lake Shore Trail I encountered a stream that went under the trail through 2 culverts. The upper side of one of the culverts was partially blocked by branches and leaves, and one was completely blocked and the bank was beginning to erode where water entered the one remaining partially open culvert. I performed a little trail maintenance by opening both culverts by removing debris from them. I saw several species of birds and a couple of squirrels,lots of side trails for fishing access to the lake and deer in the fields next to the road inside the park. A beautiful evening for a leisurely walk in the woods. Once I returned via the paved Long Branch Trail I walked through the Arboretum and read some of the placques describing some of the trees planted before returning to the lodge.

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