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The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile former railroad route that is now used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It is the longest trail of its kind in West Virginia. The trail offers many awe-inspiring vistas as it passes through several small towns, crosses 35 bridges, traverses two tunnels, and traverses some of the most remote areas in West Virginia. to work.
Big ones: 78.00 miles
Agency: federal state
The trail is free to the public.
Parking Fee?nopermitted uses:
cycling (on sidewalks)
Cycling (off the sidewalk)
Dogs - on a leash
heritage and history
Pedestrian - walk/walk/run
Snow - cross-country skiing
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Ort: The Greenbrier River Trail runs 78 miles parallel to the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties, West Virginia. Starts in the town of Caldwell, WV between White Sulfur Springs and Lewisburg, WV and runs north to Cass, WV to Ca
federal state): West Virginia
counties: Greenbrier, Pocahontas
Big ones: -80.380556
To get to the southern trailhead in Caldwell, WV, take I-64 East to exit 175 onto US 60 West. Drive 2.7 miles and turn right onto SR 38/Stone House Road. Straight Caldwell Trailhead.
Coming from I-64 West, take exit 169 onto US 219 North. Go 1/2 mile to SR 30/Brush Road. From here, continue 1/2 mile to SR38/Stone House Road. Follow to the end at Caldwell Trailhead.
To go north from Cass Trailhead, take US 219 to SR 66 East; or take SR 28 to SR 66 West and locate the trailhead at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park along SR 66 (Black Mountain Road).
One of America's premier railroad trails, West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is popular with cyclists, hikers, hikers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail follows the beautiful Greenbrier River and through scenic countryside as it meanders along the river.
Today the trail is operated and maintained by West Virginia State Parks, but was originally built for one of West Virginia's many railroads that served the once-thriving local logging industry. The trail is now recreational, with overnight campsites and many water and restroom facilities scattered along its route. The trail is home to the popular annual Great Greenbrier River Race: Canoeing, Cycling and Running.
Although the mile posts begin at the southern end of the Greenbrier River Trail, many choose to begin the journey on a gentle slope at the north end of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and follow the river downstream.
Spanning 78 miles, the Rail Trail contains many of the elements that make the Mountain State one of America's most beloved getaways: peaks and valleys, lush forests, pioneer history, genuine small-town hospitality and, of course, the river. Calm and lazy at times, hectic and ambitious at other times of the year, the Greenbrier River is an almost constant companion along the way, flavoring the journey at every turn.
The trail takes visitors through the beautiful West Virginia wilderness. The towns along its route were helped but not harmed by the trail. This balance is evident in the rugged sections of the trail and in the communities that follow it.
Trains ran here in the early 20th century. In 1899, construction began on the Greenbrier Division of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O), and for the next 77 years, riverside trains carried lumber and passengers through the valley and into eastern Virginia.
When the route became unprofitable in the 1970s, the last remaining depots closed their doors. But when C&O donated the corridor to the state, a new opportunity arose. Realizing the tremendous resource that lay ahead of them, local communities mobilized a force of supporters and volunteers behind the effort, and three decades later, the Greenbrier River Trail is one of the most famous and beloved railroad trails in the United States and owned by great interest. Proud among the communities that built it.
Heading south on the Greenbrier River Trail is Clover Lick, a charming Appalachian town with rustic ruins of the old railroad depot that once served the burgeoning logging industry.
Past the Clover Lick Trailhead, the trail continues south, winding 20 miles downriver through some of West Virginia's most scenic and remote wilderness. Just south of Clover Lick is the 511-foot Sharps Tunnel, built in 1899, which opens onto a 230-foot curved bridge known by some as the Greenbrier River Bridge, which is one of the trail's most memorable features.
Then Marlinton, the only major town you'll encounter along the way, is home to great restaurants and inns. At the old Marlinton train station near mile 55 there is an information center along the way to Marlinton, cross the river twice before reaching the halfway point at Beard.
One of the best things about the Greenbrier River Trail is the opportunity to see the remains of the old railroad, including many stop whistles and historic mile markers. Beyond Beard (landmark 31) is the second of two spectacular tunnels on the trail: the 402-foot Droop Mountain Tunnel, built in 1900.
Continuing south past Anthony (at mile 15), the trail crosses two old railroad bridges and finally reaches its southern terminus at North Caldwell (mile 3). This starting point is located just outside the charming town of Lewisburg.
The river and path are bordered by forests and occasional clearings; hemlock, fir, oak, pine, honeysuckle and azalea, even the occasional balsam fir which is rarely seen this far south.
One of the best features of the Greenbrier River Trail is that it is accessible without sacrificing its remoteness. A series of small shelters and fire rings along the trail offer hospitality to trail users, but these amenities feel more like real relics than real ones.
Pioneering times than the intrusion of modern conveniences. Outdated water pumps and restored warehouses along the way add to the atmosphere.
Most trails open into small communities of colonial-style homes nestled amidst beautiful valleys and far from any noise except the river. Although the northern sections of the trail are a little wilder and more isolated than the southern ones, the difference isn't huge and each section of this wonderful trail has a wilderness feel.
Low lifting point:1.696
Climax of research:2.688
Altitude gain (cumulative):Not available
Support sitesand documents
User information:WV Rail Trail 2016 Brochure
Internet site:Greenbrier River Trail
For more information and current conditions, please contact the Trail Manager (listed below). If you have any questions, suggestions or corrections to the information on the site, please contact us.american trails.
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
4800 Watoga Park Street
Marlinton, West-Virginia 24954
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I heard about your Rails route to Trails Hall of Frame. So my wife and I took the trip from Toledo, Ohio, a day hike on the Greenbrier River Trail. Our journey started in Cass and ended in Caldwell. On the way we stopped and had lunch at Alfredo's which was delicious. I learned about the Greenbrier River Shuttle from your group. It was great working with Amelia. She picked up our car in Cass and had it waiting for us in Caldwell. We went last Friday, April 15, 2022 and the weather was amazing! Low 30 at the beginning to low 70 at the end and sun! Thank you for sharing your wonderful route with us!
April 21, 2022
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What is the best section of the Greenbrier river trail? ›
The most scenic section begins just above the tunnel (mile 31) at Beard. Rapids and remote riverside campsites are ideal for overnight or full day excursions.What mile marker is Anthony on Greenbrier River Trail? ›
The trail has mile markers that I'm assuming date back to when the trains ran this route. As near as I can tell, the mile markers actually start at mile three, if you begin at Caldwell. Using them as a guide, you should arrive at the small community of Anthony at around mile marker 14, but only 11 miles from the start.What tunnels are on the Greenbrier trail? ›
Beyond Beard (mile post 31) is one of the trails' two spectacular tunnels: the 402-foot-long Droop Mountain Tunnel, built in 1900, and Sharps Tunnel, 511 feet long and built in 1899.How many tunnels are on the Greenbrier river trail? ›
It is the longest trail of its kind in West Virginia. The trail provides many breathtaking views as it passes through several small towns, crosses 35 bridges, goes through two tunnels and cuts through some of West Virginia's most remote areas.What movie was filmed at The Greenbrier? ›
The holiday movie “Christmas At The Greenbrier” will premiere Thanksgiving Day on Fox Nation. The holiday movie “Christmas At The Greenbrier” will premiere Thanksgiving Day on Fox Nation. It was filmed over the summer at The Greenbrier luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.How difficult is Anthony's Nose hike? ›
Explore this 1.9-mile out-and-back trail near Cold Spring, New York. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 16 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.Are there bears in Greenbrier State Park? ›
◾ Black bears are present in the park. ◾ Restrooms are scattered throughout the day-use area and camping loops. See the trail map for restroom locations. Best Seasons: Year round.How hard is the hike to Laurel Falls? ›
Trail Notes: The roundtrip distance to the waterfall is 2.6 miles and the hike is considered moderate in difficulty. It takes about 2 hours to hike to the waterfall and back. Carry drinking water with you. Pets and bicycles are prohibited on the trail.What is the hardest part of the AT trail? ›
Katahdin, the mountain you climb on your first day, is arguably the hardest climb on the A.T. It features more than 4,000 feet of elevation gain, the greatest sustained ascent on the entire Appalachian Trail. It is a scramble. Expect to use your hands as you climb over steep boulders and ledges above treeline.Where should I stay when cycling The Greenbrier river trail? ›
- Quality Inn. 2.5 out of 5. 5.2/10 (176 reviews) ...
- The Omni Homestead Resort. 4.5 out of 5. ...
- Marlinton Motor Inn. 2.5 out of 5. ...
- Corduroy Inn & Lodge. 2.5 out of 5. ...
- The Inn At Warm Springs. 3.5 out of 5. ...
- Vine Cottage Inn. 3.5 out of 5. ...
- Rimfire Lodge. 3 out of 5. ...
- Morning Glory Inn. 3.5 out of 5.
What is the best section of the AT to hike? ›
- Anthony's Nose, Appalachian Trail, and Camp Smith (New York) ...
- Appalachian Trail: Salisbury to Jug End Road (Connecticut & Massachusetts) ...
- Stratton Mountain via Long Trail (Vermont) ...
- Northern Presidentials via Appalachian Trail (New Hampshire) ...
- 100 Mile Wilderness (Maine)
The third and final section was 86.2 miles in length and would prove to be the hardest section of the hike. The terrain would become much more extreme and we noticed our pace greatly affected by this. We climbed the tallest mountain in the state of Vermont during this stretch Mt Mansfield at 1,340m/4,395' in elevation.