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Devils Nose - Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, WV

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
2.2 mls N/A

Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
Devils Nose
1.5 hrs plus a half hour for lunch
440 ft

Park at the end of Maverick Trail Road. 39.60028, -78.11006
6.2 mls N/A

Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
Devils Nose/Third Hill Mountain
4.0 hrs plus a half hour for lunch
1,290 ft

Park at the end of Audubon Road. 39.58724, -78.11897
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Devils Nose in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area WV is a unique rock out cropping that overlooks Meadow Branch Creek gorge. Although the 1.1 mile hike to Devils Nose can be busy on nice days, the outcrop is more than 75 yards long and has plenty of room for you to find a quiet place to enjoy the views. Meadow Branch can run high in the spring and the new bridge now makes it an easy crossing. Hike the longer 6-mile option to Devils Nose and also get to enjoy the little-visited easterly overlooks towards North Mountain from the Tuscarora Trail on Third Hill Mountain.

Devils Nose - 2.2 Miles

  • Mile 0.0 - From the parking area at the end of Maverick Trail road, pass through the closed gate onto the white blazed Devils Nose Connector Trail. The trail is wide and easy to navigate. Pass a side trail on the right that leads down to Meadow Branch in 0.4 miles.
  • Mile 0.6 - Turn right off the Devils Nose Connector Trail onto the narrower blue blazed Tuscarora Trail. The Tuscarora Trail will head down towards Meadow Branch and enter an area of pine trees where it makes a sharp left. Continue downward to Meadow Branch.
  • Mile 0.8 - Cross Meadow Branch over the bridge and stay right beginning to climb Sleepy Creek Mountain. Soon pass a small overlook of Meadow Branch, where the trail turns more steeply uphill. Follow the trail for another 0.25 miles to the intersection of the white blazed Devils Nose Overlook Trail.
  • Mile 1.1 - Follow the white blazed trail onto Devils Nose for outstanding views of Meadow Branch in the gorge below. Note: If you wish to add some additional milage, after stopping at Devils Nose, continue on the Tuscarora Trail for less than a mile where there are two more overlooks of the gorge and valley to the north.
  • Mile 2.2 - Retrace your route back the parking area on Maverick Trail road.

Devils Nose/Third Hill Mountain - 6.2 Miles

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Devils Nose
Devils Nose Hike Comments
Archived Comments

By: Steve Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 28, 2019
I took the longer version of this hike as described. Trails in good condition and relatively smooth getting rockier closer to Devils Nose. I carried two hiking poles but never used them. A few others out on the Tuscarora Trail and at Devils Nose. A motorcycle going up and down the Devils Nose Connector Trail for a few minutes. As noted in the previous review, graffiti at Devils Nose was disappointing.

By: John Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Did the longer option. Parking was no issue and easy to find. There was nothing when we got there and 1 other car when we got back.

It was foggy so didn't get to take in the first few overlooks on the beginning 1/2 mile loop (in the steps above, you'll notice that 0-0.6 is a separate loop from the hike to Devil's Nose). If it's foggy, you might want to tack that on to the end rather than the beginning. There isn't too much to see at a distance the first portion of the hike towards Devil's Nose.

Trail was in good shape and well marked pretty much the whole way. Only ran into 1 other person on the trail.

Only downside might have been the amount of graffiti at Devil's Nose.

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