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Glade Creek - New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, WV

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
9.8 mls
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
4.0 hours with breaks
800 ft
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Park near the entrance to a campground. 37.82721, -81.01069

By Trail Contributor: Jeff Monroe (Email Jeff)

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve became America's 63rd National Park in 2020, including some of the most spectacular sections of the New River Gorge. Found within this park, the Glade Creek Trail follows its namesake creek for 6 miles through a steep canyon – so steep that our GPS receiver had difficulty keeping satellites locked in.  Despite the nearby steep terrain, the trail itself is very flat and easy, using an old narrow gauge rail bed.  This hike description follows the trail from the north only as far as a waterfall, then back to the trailhead.  Along the way are plenty of swimming holes or you can take a shower under the waterfall! This makes a great Summer/early Autumn hike.

Late August
Swimming Hole on Glade Creek
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