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Hiking

WATOGA STATE PARK has 40 miles of hiking trails available, ranging from short and easy to long and difficult. For walking times on trails figure 30 to 45 minutes per mile.

ALLEGHENY TRAIL

Distance: Approximately 5.5 miles of the trail runs through Watoga State Park and Calvin Price State Forest.  Blaze: Yellow rectangle. Rating: Moderate to difficult.

Designated as part of a backpack trail system, this trail extends from its northern terminus near Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County south to its intersection with the famed Appalachian Trail near the W.Va.-Va. border in Monroe County. Access to the trail can be found at: the top of Pyles Mountain on the North Entrance Road; along the Chicken House Road; in the Beaver Creek Campground; and along the road between Watoga State Park and Cal Price State Forest .3 mile above the Beaver Creek Campground Road. 

ANN BAILEY TRAIL*

Distance: 3 miles. Blaze: blue square. Trailhead and parking area are above the T.M. Cheek Road at the top of Pyles Mountain.

Trail follows old roadbed across the top of Pyles Mountain and Workman Ridge to the Ann Bailey Lookout Tower. *Mountain bikes welcome. 

ARROWHEAD TRAIL

Distance: 1 mile. Blaze: orange triangle .Not a loop, Return by same trail. Trailhead is at Riverside Campground across from the check-in station.

The very steep trail leading up to the Ann Bailey Lookout Tower offers spectacular views of the Greenbrier River Valley and Little Levels section of Pocahontas County. A loop can be made by returning to Riverside Campground via the Ann Bailey Road (1.25 miles) and the Jesse's Cove Trail (2.5 miles).

BEARPEN TRAIL

Distance: 3 miles Blaze: yellow circle. Trailheads: on Island Lick Road above cabin 11.

A long loop can be made of this trail by incorporating the Buck and Doe Trail and the North Boundary Trail into your walk. Loop approximately 4.75 miles.

BROOKS MEMORIAL ARBORETUM TRAILS

A separate map for the Arboretum is available at the park office, campground check-in stations and other visitor contact points throughout the park.

BUCK AND DOE TRAIL

Distance: .75 mile. Blaze: blue square. Trailheads are on Bearpen Trail and North Boundary Trail.

This trail enables the hiker to make a loop of the Bearpen Trail.

BURNSIDE RIDGE TRAIL*

Distance: 3 miles. Blaze: yellow circle

This trail branches from the Ann Bailey Trail about halfway between the Ann Bailey Trailhead and the Ann Bailey Lookout Tower. It follows Burnside Ridge through a variety of forest types. *Mountain bikes welcome. Trail ends on end of the ridge. Not a loop must return by same trail.

HONEYMOON TRAIL

Distance: 2 miles Blaze: blue square. Trailheads are located by cabin 34 and on the T. M. Cheek Road .5 mile south of the T. M. Cheek Overlook.

Trail loops up the hill from cabin 34 to connect with the Allegheny Trail, then winds uphill to the T. M. Cheek Road directly across from the Kennison Trail. Follow the road to the right (North) to the T. M. Cheek overlook. For a loop hike, continue north from the overlook along the road until you come to the T.M. Cheek Trail on the right. The T.M. Cheek Trail (yellow circle blaze) will return to cabin 21 in the Pine Run Cabin Area.

JESSE'S COVE TRAIL

Distance: 2.5 miles. Blaze: yellow circle (). Trailhead is in Riverside Campground across from campsite 6.

Trail follows the Greenbrier River downstream to the mouth of Rock Run, then follows
Rock Run to the top of Workman Ridge, a climb of over 1,000 feet. Near the top of the ridge is the old Jarvis/Workman Cabin, an original pioneer cabin. The trail ends at the Ann Bailey Trail. A loop can be made by turning left on the Ann Bailey Trail and following it to the Ann Bailey Lookout Tower (approx. 1.25 miles). Then follow the Arrowhead Trail back down to Riverside Campground. Total distance for loop, 4.75 miles.

KENNISON RUN TRAIL

Distance: 3.5 miles. Blaze: yellow circle.

Trailheads: Laurel Run Primitive Campground, and along the T. M. Cheek Road across from the Honeymoon Trailhead. Not a loop trail. From T. M. Cheek Road, trail follows Kennison Run along an old logging railroad grade through hemlock and rhododendron thickets. Many creek crossings are encountered so wear sturdy shoes.

LAKE TRAIL

Distance: 1.5 miles. Blaze: orange triangle. Rating: Easy, mostly level trail.

This trail encircles Watoga Lake. Trailheads are at the boat docks, dam, and from the pool parking lot.

MONONGASENEKA TRAIL

Distance: 2.5 miles. Blaze: blue square. The trailhead is .5 mile above cabin 2 on the Island Lick Road.

Trail climbs the sidehill to a reasonably level grade with views through the trees of the
Greenbrier River then turns into beautiful Jeff Hollow, before climbing the ridge to the top. Trail ends at the North Boundary Trail. A long loop can be made by following the North Boundary Trail to its intersection with the Bearpen Trail.

NORTH BOUNDARY TRAIL

Distance: 2 miles. Blaze: orange triangle. This is a connector trail between Buck and Doe Trail, Bearpen Trail, and the Monogaseneka Trail.

Follows old farm road along the park boundary, and affords longer loops between Monongaseneka, Bearpen and Buck and Doe trails. NOTE: Do not follow farm road east beyond the Buck and Doe Trail — road crosses private property. 

PINE RUN TRAIL

Distance: .75 mile. Blaze: orange triangle. Trailhead is located between cabins 27 and 28 in the Pine Run Cabin Area.

Trail winds gently up the hollow to intersect with the Honeymoon Trail (blue square blaze) about 200 yards from the T. M. Cheek Road. A loop can be made by turning left on the Honeymoon Trail and following this trail down to cabin 34, or by turning right and following the Honeymoon Trail up to the T. M. Cheek Road (see description for the Honeymoon Trail).

T. M. CHEEK TRAIL

Distance: .5 mile. Blaze: yellow circle. Trailheads are at cabin 21 and on the T.M. Cheek Road 200 yards north of the overlook.

From cabin 21 the trail leads uphill to its intersection with the T.M. Cheek Road. For a loop turn south (left) on the T.M. Cheek Road for .5 mile to the Honeymoon Trail, which leads to cabin 34.

TEN ACRE TRAIL

Distance: .5 mile. Blaze: yellow circle.

Ten Acre Trail is a short trail affording easy connection between the Honeymoon Trail and the T. M. Cheek Road.

SOUTH BURNSIDE TRAIL*

Distance: 1 mile. Blaze: orange triangle.

This trail branches off from the Burnside Ridge Trail and follows an old farm road out to the end of the ridge. Not a loop, return by the same trail. *Mountain bikes welcome.

Message to Mountain Bikers:

Bicycles are welcomed on all paved and gravel roads in the park, but are not permitted on most hiking and bridle trails. Trails that are open to bicycles include the Ann Bailey Trail, Burnside Ridge Trail, and South Burnside Trail.  Bicycles are also welcome on the Greenbrier River Trail, which can be accessed in Seebert.

Message to Cross-County Skiers:

Several trails and roads are suitable for cross-country skiing, although none are maintained strictly for that purpose. The T. M. Cheek Road, between cabin 19 and the superintendent's residence, and the Riverside and Beaver Creek Campground Roads, are gated during the winter months, and provide good skiing opportunities. Suitable trails for skiing include Bearpen, Ann Bailey, Burnside Ridge and South Burnside Trails. Skiing is done at your own risk and it is recommended that you notify the park office or other persons prior to skiing so that your whereabouts will be known should you become lost or injured.

Enjoy the trails and please help keep Watoga State Park clean and green.

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