West Virginia Hiking, Nature October 20, 2022
There’s A Little-Known Nature Trail Just Waiting For West Virginia Explorers
When it comes to natural wonders just waiting to be explored, the entire state of West Virginia is one big hidden gem. A nature lover’s paradise, the Mountain State is one big outdoor playground. But, while some of our hidden gem natural wonders aren’t so hidden anymore, others have barely been discovered. It’s a little-known nature trail we’re after today, and we’ve found it at Table Rock in the Monongahela National Forest.
Located not too far from Davis, West Virginia, the Table Rock Trail is a 2.3-mile out-and-back trail that's an easy hike...
...leading to an absolutely gorgeous view.
Look at those mountains! Look at those canyons! Look at that forest!
See them all in any season from this massive rock perch. That's the undisputed good news.
Here's some news that might not be so good: this trail stays very muddy, especially the last quarter mile up to Table Rock, so wear waterproof boots.
The Table Rock itself has deep fissures running its length; don't fall into one!
And a final warning: vehicle access to the Table Rock Trail can be a bit tricky.
If you are the type of person who likes taking your life in your hands, then approach the Table Rock trailhead on Canaan Loop Road through Blackwater Falls State Park. Four wheel drive is required for this steep, narrow, sometimes-washed-out-to-less-than-single-lane route that runs along a 500-foot drop down a mountainside. However, if you prefer a safer, more sane route (that's still exceptionally scenic), connect with Canaan Loop Road from Route 32 at Canaan Heights south of Davis. You'll still have 10 miles of gravel road on this route, but just keep coming until you reach the trailhead!
There you have it: a long drive. An easy hike. Muddy boots. A beautiful view. Very few other humans. That's the Table Rock Trail in a nutshell.
Have you ever hiked the little-known
Table Rock Trail to one of the best views in the Monongahela National Forest? Add this easy but muddy hike to your West Virginia nature bucket list ASAP. Address: Table Rock Trail, West Virginia 26287, USA
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