Trails

Check out the following trails on the refuge!

Cabin Mountain Spur Trail

Moderate. This is a steep trail travels through northern hardwood forest for most of its length. Easy access for this trail begins near the A-Frame Road parking lot. Open for pedestrian, horse, and bicycle use.
Trail Length (mi)
0.81
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Photography
Wildlife watching
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Middle Valley Trail

This trail crosses Sand Run and Glade Run as it travels along a low sandstone ridge. Near Glade Run alder thickets harbor unique plant and animal species. Bog goldenrod and cottongrass grow in the northern reach of the trail. From spring through fall be on the lookout for savannah sparrows, vesper sparrows, American bittern and many different warblers.
Trail Length (mi)
5.18
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
3 Hours
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Blackwater Fishing Access Trail

Fishing access to the Blackwater river. Fish for rainbow and brown trout. W.V. Department of Natural Resources stock in the spring and fall.
Trail Length (mi)
0.02
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Fishing
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Sand Run Trail

This trail travels through forested and wetland habitat to join with Middle Valley Trail (west) and Cabin Mountain (east) on either end. A variety of wildlife can be viewed on this trail. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.97
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Cross-country skiing
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Camp 70 Loop Trail

Moderate. Camp 70 Loop Trail travels east from the Camp 70 parking lot. The trail provides excellent views of beaver ponds and the refuge’s central wetlands. This trail is open for pedestrian, horse, and bicycle use.
Trail Length (mi)
1.68
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Route Type
Lollipop
Trail Activities
Biking
Cross-country skiing
Hiking
Horseback riding
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Shortcut Trail

Connects Beall North Trail to Blackwater View Trail.
Trail Length (mi)
0.17
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Cross-country skiing
Hiking
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Brown Mountain Trail

The Brown Mountain Trail travels north from the Camp 70 parking lot. This is a pleasant trail through the forest with a gently increasing grade. It leads to Brown Mountain Overlook Trail. Listen for different woodland birds, including scarlet tanagers and a variety of warblers.
Trail Length (mi)
2.10
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Cross-country skiing
Horseback riding
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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South Glade Run Crossing Trail

South Glade Run Crossing Trail travels through forested and grassland habitats to connect Cabin Mountain trail to Middle Valley trail. The trail crosses Glade Run on a footbridge and has nice views of the Glade Run wetlands.
Trail Length (mi)
0.91
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Cross-country skiing
Horseback riding
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Brown Mountain Overlook Trail

Moderate. This loop on the valley floor provides a beautiful overlook of Canaan Valley’s wetlands. Watch for a variety of water birds and wetland plants. Pedestrian only.
Trail Length (mi)
2.15
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
1 Hour
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Cross-country skiing
Photography
Wildlife watching
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Beall Bridge Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.13
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
Photography
Wildlife watching
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Canaan Mountain Trail

This is a moderate uphill climb. Use this trail to connect to Shady Hollow trail and Hellbender Tail trail which leads on to Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area.
Trail Length (mi)
1.03
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Dog walking
Hiking
Wildlife watching
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River's Edge Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.05
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Farm View Trail

Heads south along the old Beall South trail loop. This trail offers great views of the valley and Blackwater River as it passes through old farm fields that have been converted to grasslands, riparian forests, and shrublands
Trail Length (mi)
2.71
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
2 Hours
Route Type
Lollipop
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Dog walking
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Wilderness Way Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.33
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Fishing Hook Trail

This short trail allows fishing access to a beaver pond area. Fish for bluegills and smallmouth bass.
Trail Length (mi)
0.21
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Fishing
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Freeland Boardwalk Trail

Easy. Nice views of Canaan Valley abound on this short accessible boardwalk leading through a wet field, shrubland, and past a beaver pond and bubbling spring. An easy walk takes visitors to a stand of balsam fir, a plant community typical of Maine and Canada. Pedestrian only.
Trail Length (mi)
0.45
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
30 minutes
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Accessible trails
Birding
Education programs
Hiking
Photography
Ranger-led programs
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Hellbender Tail Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.09
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Visitor Center Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.17
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Shady Hollow Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.04
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Blackwater View Trail

This beautiful trail parallels the Blackwater river. Bicycles and pedestrian west of Blackwater River. Bikes, horses, and pedestrians east of Blackwater River. Connects to Middle Valley Trail to make a longer loop.
Trail Length (mi)
3.22
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
2 Hours
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Fishing
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Beall Connector Trail

Connects Farm View Trail to Blackwater View Trail.
Trail Length (mi)
0.25
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Dog walking
Hiking
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Beall North Trail

Passes through forest, field, shrub swamp, and bog habitats. Pedestrian only
Trail Length (mi)
1.14
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
1 Hour
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Birding
Cross-country skiing
Dog walking
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Bog Overlook Trail

Leads to a small viewing platform that overlooks a beautiful bog.
Trail Length (mi)
0.09
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Cross-country skiing
Dog walking
Hiking
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Cabin Mountain Trail

Passes through forested habitat and travels upslope for a beautiful view of the Valley. Look for woodland birds and other wildlife.
Trail Length (mi)
2.27
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Cross-country skiing
Horseback riding
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Idleman's Run Trail

This short pedestrian trail travels through woodlands along Idlemans Run. Enjoy the wildflowers, and look for the completed stream restoration work. Trail length is 0.40 mile and is for pedestrian use only. Return on Forest Road 80 to make a loop which totals 0.9 miles.
Trail Length (mi)
0.59
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Biking
Cross-country skiing
Horseback riding
Photography
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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