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Rhododendron Trail and Rocky Trail Loop

Fairmont, West Virginia

based on 3 reviews



3.82 miles

Elevation Gain

738 ft

Route Type



Added by Ashley Stimpson

A trail for the waterfall lover in your life.

A former lumber and gristmill community, Valley Falls State Park offers one of the most accessible--and massive--waterfalls in WV. Just a few dozen yards from the parking lot, you'll find the park's namesake (and probably a lot of people, engagement photoshoots, and just general mayhem). But if you hike the Rhododendron Trail as it follows the Tygart River and then Glady Creek, you'll find the more private and pristine of the park's waterfalls, located on the north side of the trail, at about 2 miles in. Keep in mind this waterfall is technically just off state park land, but still close enough to admire and snap photos. Loop back to the parking area via the Rocky Trail. 

View a park trail map here. Trail descriptions here.  

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

Rhododendron Trail and Rocky Trail Loop Reviews

My dog and I took the Rhodedendrum trail and followed the directions to the hidden falls. There was a lot of debris and rocks. It was fun to hike bike there and felt safe yet off the beaten path at the same time. I think storms may have washed a lot of trees down and blocked the falls. It was hard to see them and get to them. Still worth the hike and it was an easy trek. I also saw some old brick work structures and the bridge was cool as well.

Beautiful waterfall

As noted, it gets pretty crazy at the main falls. Lots of folks there. The trail seems to thin the herd, however, and it makes for a great escape.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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