Hike The Kaymoor Miners Trail In West Virginia To A Secret Waterfall
West Virginia’s rough and rugged terrain makes it an ideal spot to conceal all sorts of natural wonders. Those of you who enjoy chasing waterfalls will find the Mountain State pure bliss to explore. While we’re all probably familiar with the more popular waterfalls like
Blackwater Falls, some of our waterfalls are a little more concealed like secret surprises. Many have probably hiked the Kaymoor Miners Trail to get a glimpse of the abandoned mining town being reclaimed by the forest but did you know that this trail also leads to a hidden gem of a waterfall? Let’s check it out!
Kaymoor was a once-thriving coal camp that operated from 1899 to 1962 near Fayetteville. The abandoned town is now just abandoned ruins that lie deep in the New River Gorge.
The hike to Kaymoor Bottom can be a little daunting. While the trail is
short, at just 1.6 miles out-and-back — it is also steep.
You'll need to descend a staircase of 821 steps to reach Kaymoor Bottom. And if you decide to go down... you'll have to climb back up.
Once you reach the bottom, you can explore the abandoned mining town ruins. The lost town is quietly crumbling but you can check out the deserted buildings, mine entrances, equipment, and more.
Many stick to the main trail and follow the signs through the ghost town. But if you explore some of the side trails there are secrets waiting to be uncovered.
The New River Gorge is home to several lesser-known waterfalls and you can find one right here!
Kaymoor Falls rushes down a steep, craggy rock face. During the spring and after heavy rainfall, the falls are quite spectacular.
Hike the Kaymoor Miners Trail to explore the old mining town
and stumble upon a secret waterfall. The 821-step staircase is well worth the journey when you find hidden beauty like this!
Learn more about the Kaymoor Miners Trail by visiting the National Park Service
Address: Address: Kaymoor Road, Fayetteville, WV 25850
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