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Hiking/Biking Trails

Clay Furnace Trail 
Length: .8 miles. Walking time: 40 minutes
Blaze: Red
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail is a fairly level grade, however, it does have a few steep sections. Beginning at the furnace parking area, the trail ends at the Henry Clay iron furnace.

Clay Run Trail
Length: 1.8 miles. Walking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Blaze: Blue
Difficulty: moderate  
View the historic Henry Clay Iron Furnace at the end of this moderate hiking trail. The trail begins across the road from the McCollum camping area entrance.

Darnell Hollow Trail
Length: 4 miles. Walking time: 2 hours
Blaze: none
Difficulty: moderate/steep  
This moderate to steep road/trail begins near the Calvary Church on Fairchance Road and ends at Chestnut Ridge Campground.

Eagle Trail
Length: .3 miles Walking time: 15 minutes
Blaze: White
Difficulty: Easy
This very easy trail starts to the right side of the gift shop and takes you to shelter #3 and the trailhead of Rock City Trail.

Glade Run Trail
Length: 1.5 miles. Walking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Blaze: none
Difficulty: moderate/steep
Beginning on the left of Sand Springs Road and ending at Messinger Lake.

Goodspeed Highway Trail
Length: 3 mile. Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Blaze: none
Difficulty: easy .
This road/trail begins at the Quarry Run Road and leads to Chestnut Ridge Camp.

Johnson Hollow Trail
Length: 3 mile. Walking time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Blaze: none
Difficulty: moderate to difficult
A moderate to steep hiking trail that connects the Goodspeed Highway Trail with Quarry Run Road.

Ken's Run Trail
Length: 4.5 miles. Walking time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Blaze: none
Difficulty: moderate
A moderate hiking trail running from the old Sand Springs homestead and ending at the archery range parking lot.

Lick Run Trail
Length: 1.8 miles. Walking time: 45 minutes
Blaze: none
Difficulty: moderate to difficult
A moderately steep trail beginning at Sand Springs Road and ending at WV Rt. 73.

McCollum Trail
Length: 1 mile. Walking time: 40 minutes
Blaze: Orange
Difficulty: Easy
This trail starts at McCollum Campground, crosses Ravens Rock Trail and connects with the main forest road. It is a great connector trail from the campground to Ravens Rock Trail or Coopers Rock Overlook via Roadside Trail

Mont Chateau Trail
Length: 2.6 miles. Walking time: 2 hours
Blaze: Yellow
Difficulty: Moderate/Steep
This trail that begins at the Henry Clay iron furnace and ends at Cheat Lake near the old Mont Chateau Lodge.

Rattlesnake Trail
Length: .7 mile. Walking time: 40 minutes
Blaze: Blue
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail winds along the rocky cliffs that parallel the rim of the Cheat River canyon, and connects the concession stand and Rock City.

Ravens Rock Trail
Length: 1.5 miles. Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Blaze: Red
Difficulty: Moderate
This dual duty access road/trail begins at the gated road on the left, approximately .7 miles past the campground entrance. It leads to Ravens Rock overlook, which gives a spectacular view of the Cheat River canyon.

Reservoir Loop Trail
Length: .7 miles Walking time: 30 minutes
Blaze: Red
Difficulty: Easy
Nice trail for those looking for an easy loop hike. It starts from the Clay Run Trail, near the reservoir, and loops back to Clay Run Trail.

Rhododendron Trail
Length: 1 mile. Walking time: 1 hour
Blaze: Orange
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail which starts at the lower picnic area near shelter 3 and ends at the Henry Clay iron furnace, is a perfect place to see our state flower, the rhododendron.

Ridge Trail
Length: 1.5 miles. Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Blaze: White
Difficulty: Moderate
The ridge trail starts at the Rock City shelter, follows a moderate grade and connects with the Mont Chateau Trail.

Rock City Trail
Length: 1 mile. Walking time: 45 minutes
Blaze: Red
Difficulty: Easy
An easy to moderate trail that runs from picnic shelter #3 through the area known as  Rock City

Roadside Trail
Length: 3 mile. Walking time: 1 hours 30 minutes
Blaze: none
Difficulty: Easy
An easy trail that leads from the parking lot located near the forest entrance to the overlook. This trail is a great trail to hike to the overlook while staying off the road. 

Scott Run Trail
Length: 2.5 miles. Walking time: 2 hours
Blaze: Yellow
Difficulty: Moderate/Steep  
The trail begins near the forest entrance parking area and ending at the McCollum camping area.

Underlook Trail
Length: .2 miles Walking time: 20 minutes
Blaze: Red
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail gives a unique view from the underside of the geological formation that is Coopers Rock overlook.

Virgin Hemlock Trail

Length: 1.2 miles. Walking time: 1 hour
Blaze: none     
Difficulty: Easy
1.2 miles Visit a large hemlock grove which is over 300 years old at the end of this trail which starts at WV Rt. 73.

Ski Trails

Intermediate Ski Trail
Length: .6 miles. Walking time: 30 minutes
Blaze: Blue
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail is a connector trail between the Advanced Ski Trail and the Reservoir Ski Trail

Advanced Ski Trail
Length: 2.3 miles. Walking time: 2 hours
Blaze:
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
This trail begins at the forest entrance parking area. For a short distance this trail shares Roadside Trail. When Roadside Trail forks off to the left, continue straight. The trail will lead you to the historic Henry Clay iron furnace.

Reservoir Ski Trail
Length: .8 miles. Walking time: 1 hour
Blaze: White
Difficulty: Moderate
Branching off of the Advanced Ski Trail, this trail connects to the Reservoir Loop Trail.

Hiker Information

  • All hiking trails and roads may be used for cross-country skiing.
  • Blaze orange clothing is strongly recommended for hiking during hunting season.
    (October-February).
  • Select the proper clothing and footwear according to weather conditions. Hiking boots and rain gear are strongly recommended for all seasons of the year.

Adopt-A-Trail

The WV State Park system invites groups, organizations or individuals to adopt a park or forest trail.  Coopers Rock State Forest welcomes this assistance to maintain the trails located on the multi-use recreational area.  Find more info about Adopt-A-Trail here or contact the Forest Superintendent

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