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Big Branch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (6)

A springtime must in the New River Gorge, sporting bountiful wildflowers and waterfalls.


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1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Loop

1,871' 570 m

High

1,362' 415 m

Low

548' 167 m

Up

527' 161 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

107%

Max Grade (47°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Description

The Big Branch Trail is a must-do springtime hike in New River Gorge. Heading south from the parking area, climb moderately through wildflower-blanketed forest, hiking along numerous streams and waterfalls before passing an abandoned farmstead. Continue up the hill knowing the reward of beautiful New River Gorge views await you at the top.

After soaking up your surroundings and a magnificent view, head back down, completing this loop through intermittently steep sections of trail before arriving back at the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for multiple species of wildflower in this area, including spring beauties, trout lilies, toothwort, and bloodroot.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - New River Gorge

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Hunter R

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  3.8 from 6 votes

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#105

in West Virginia

#12,058

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Jul 12, 2021
caroline storz
super muddy! but nice hike. 1.7mi
Jun 1, 2021
Dirk Stugg
11h 46m
May 8, 2021
Ashlee W
Beautiful wildflowers, 2 deer, 2 chipmunks, 2 salamanders, and 2 rose breasted grosbeaks. 2.9mi
Apr 30, 2021
April Harrington
Mar 22, 2020
Jeremiah Johnson
Aug 31, 2019
Nathan Kitchen
Nov 11, 2018
Kelli Baxstrom
1.9mi