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trail running
1 day ago

Great hike but no waterfall

We found this trail while at Glade Creek Gris Mill and we were pleasantly surprised at what a cool fun trail it was. a little steep at times but really pretty easy.

trail running
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Love this trail, take my dog almost every day. Maintained very well, watch the weather because the water levels rise a lot and moves very quickly after a storm.

hiking
3 days ago

Did the full loop and took about 2.5 hours. Lots of tall grass at top covering trail, but it was well marked.

Pretty tough trail - definitely moderate, lots of steep hills. It is a loop, but making the loop requires walking along the road for about 1/2 mile.

This trail is clearly marked and easy to find if you are already walking along Davis creek trail toward the South end.
However, if you are coming just for this trail, I think the best place to park is at the other end of the trail. There is a small gravel lot on the right before the turn off to Dunlop Hollow. Follow the trail up a steep hill, and you will intersect a gravel road. This intersection can be a bit confusing, but follow the arrows on the wooden signs and you will find the other half of the trail a short way down the gravel road. When While Hollow trail ends, it will intersect Davis Creek Trail. Turn left, follow Davis Creek trail to the end, and then go left along the road about half a mile to your car.
In summer, there is a bit of overgrowth on some parts of this trail. Wear long pants or wait until cooler weather if this is something that bothers you.

I absolutely love this trail! I come to Kanawha State Forest often and this is a stop every time. It is definitely not an easy hike, so be warned. I would say moderate to difficult, as most of it is straight up a steep hill. It does make a nice loop, which is great for people like me who hate backtracking on hikes.

If you are coming to this trail for the overlook, I recommend beginning at the first entrance to the trail (not the one at the bow range). To find it, enter the forest by the main road. Go just past the turn-off to the pool and park in the small, unmarked gravel lot on the left. A sign across the road marks the entrance to Overlook trail. From there, it is a short 15 minute hike (about half a mile) straight up to the overlook. The rock at the top provides a great spot for photos, a quick picnic, or just resting after the climb. For a casual hiker looking for a quick hike with a rewarding view at the end, this is the best way to go - as long as you are in shape.

From there, your options are to go back down the way you came, or to continue along the rest of the trail (about a mile). In summer, I do not recommend continuing this way for the casual hiker, as the underbrush is quite heavy along a lot of the trail (this means briers and poison ivy). This half of the trail is not as difficult, but I do find the overgrowth unpleasant. This half of the trail is not as heavily traveled which probably contributes to this. However, it is a nice hike in other seasons, and when you come out the other end, it is a very short walk along the main road to get back to your car.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

We started on the Potato Hole trail and returned via the Raven Rocks Trail on a sunny, very warm day. Overall a nice loop, although at times and Potato Hole trail seemed a bit "close" and needs some more use to keep the trail visible. The trail goes to the viewing stand (not really a tower) at the top of Rich Mountain - a splendid view with little evidence of civilization. The area around the top was logged recently, most likely for the Black Cherry trees for which this forest is managed. The rest of the loop is good, although the walk back to the car from the end (or beginning) of Raven Rock is on the road (lightly traveled and in the shade) can get a bit long. Definitely worth a visit to these little used, but well marked trails.

A bit rocky but nice trail. Met many great hikers and their dogs!