Know before you go: part of the Greenbrier River Trail, especially the part in Pocahontas County (the northern end) lies within a National Radio Quiet Zone so cell phones do not work. An excellent resource is Rail Trails along the Greenbrier River, by Jim Hudson (1998, Quarrier Press); although somewhat dated (and so the information about the state of the trail is not up to date, it provides narrative about interesting points along the trail).
Getting there: To get to the northern trailhead, take either US 219 or State Route 66 West to State Route 66 East/Back Mountain Road. The trailhead for Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is along SR 66.
To reach the southern trailhead at North Caldwell, take Interstate 64 east and take Exit 175 to US 60 west. Take this 2.7 miles to SR 38/Stone House Road. If you’re coming from I-64 west, take Exit 169 to US 219 north, then take this 0.5 mile to SR 30/Brush Road. From here, drive another 0.5 mile to SR 38/Stone House Road.
Access Points (from the WV State Parks Greenbrier River Trail brochure)
- Milepost 80.4: Slabtown — located off of state route (WV) 66, about 1/2 mile from Cass
- MP 76.8 Sitlington — from WV 28 south of Dunmore, take county route 12/Sitlington Road, about 4 miles
- MP 71: Clover Lick — from WV 28 north of Seneca State Forest, take county route 1/4 (Laurel Run Road) 4.2 miles to Clover Lick.
- MP 62.8: Clawson — follow unpaved county route 11/2 from WV 28 five miles over the mountain to the trail (this is a very rough access road)
- MP 56: Marlinton — 9th Street crossing (behind the elementary school)
- MP 55.1: Stillwell Park — from WV 29 in Marlinton, follow county route 39/2 about 1.5 miles to the park.
- MP 55.2: Buckeye
- MP 47: Steven Hole Run — follow county route 27 (River Road) one mile to trail parking
- MP 45.8: Seebert — from U.S. 219 north of Hillsboro, follow county route 27 (Seebert Road) two miles to the trail parking
- MP 41.7: Burnsides — from U.S. 219 at Hillsboro, follow county route 31 (Denmar Road) 1.3 miles to county route 31/1 (Workman Road) and then about 1 mile to trail parking
- MP 38.5: Beard — from U.S. 219 at Hillsboro, follow county route 31 (Denmar Road) 6 miles to county route 31/8 (Beard P.O. Road) and then follow Beard P.O. Road one-third mile to trail parking
- MP 29.6 Horrock — from U.S. 219 at Renick, follow east 4.1 miles on county route 7 (Brownstown Road), then 1.2 miles on county route 7/1 to county route 7/2 (Rorer Road), then a half mile to trail parking
- MP 24.5: Renick — from U.S. 219, east 0.4 mile on county route 11 (Auto Road)
- MP 14.4: Anthony — from U.S. 219 at Frankford, just shy of 5 miles on county route 21 and county route 21/2
- MP 11.1 Keister — from county route 38, take county route 30 to county route 30/1
- MP 5.8 Harper or Hopper — from county route 38, take county route 38/2 to county route 30/3
- MP 3: North Caldwell — 1.3 miles north of U.S. 60 at Caldwell on county route 38/Stonehouse Road
Websites: https://wvstateparks.com/park/greenbrier-river-trail/, https://www.greenbrierrivertrail.com/, https://wvrailtrails.org/rail-trail/greenbrier-river-trail/ and check out https://greenbrierwv.com/editorials/greenbrier-river-rail-trail for points of interest on the entire trail (beyond the tiny section we walked)
Check out other interesting things to see and do in Pocahontas County:
- Greenbrier Rail Trail (coming soon)
- Ann Bailey Hike in Watoga State Park
- Droop Mountain Overlook
- Highland Scenic Highway
- Cranberry Glades Bog Boardwalk
- Cass Scenic Railroad
- Falls of Hills Creek
- Bear Pen Trail Loop in Watoga State Park
- Pearl S. Buck Birth Place
- Beartown State Park
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