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Rhododendron Trail and Rocky Trail Loop

Fairmont, West Virginia

4.0/5
based on 1 reviews

Details

Distance

3.82 miles

Elevation Gain

738 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

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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Features

Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

Reviews

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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