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Kaymoor Miners Trail

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 4.2 (14)

A strenuous out-and-back to the historic Kaymoor coal mine site with views of the New River Gorge


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0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

1,968' 600 m

High

1,201' 366 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

767' 234 m

Down

23%

Avg Grade (13°)

66%

Max Grade (33°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly While the full trail might prove too much for children, hiking the section from the parking lot to the mine site could provide an easier and more enjoyable option.

Description

The Kaymoor Miners Trail allows visitors access to one of many historic coal mining sites in the New River Gorge. Descend along the trail from the parking area until the trail intersects with the Kaymoor Trail, at which point the remnants of the Kaymoor mine appear. Take time to enjoy the rich mining history at this site, before traveling down a steep wooden staircase to the remnants of the site's coal processing ovens and community center on the banks of the New River. Be sure to save some energy for the ascent back to the car, as over 800 stairs stand between the town center and mine site!

Be careful on this area's wooden staircases, as they become slippery when wet.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - New River Gorge

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Hunter R

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 14 votes

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in Fayetteville

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in Fayetteville

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in West Virginia

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800 steps down.
Aug 1, 2016 near Fayette…, WV
Long stairs
Sep 7, 2020 near Fayette…, WV
821 steps from the Kaymoor Bottom.
Oct 5, 2017 near Fayette…, WV
On the Kaymoor Miners Trail.
Oct 5, 2017 near Fayette…, WV
Maybe it was a Black Racer snake.
Oct 5, 2017 near Fayette…, WV
The Kaymoor Miners Trail
Oct 5, 2017 near Fayette…, WV

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Apr 2, 2022
Gage Adams
Very steep, 880 stairs, plus a big steep section. Some awesome old lining structures at the bottom. — 1h 53m
Jan 4, 2022
Amanda Marchese
Oct 30, 2021
Kayleigh Adams
Very slippery, tough uphill climb. Walked from arrowhead parking lot 2.7mi — 1h 30m
Jul 16, 2021
Wie Yusuf
May 29, 2021
Austin Grathwohl
2.6mi — 2h 08m
Nov 14, 2020
Rachel L
Steep but scenic and lovely bits of history. Stairs can be a bit slippery! 1.7mi — 1h 30m
Sep 26, 2020
Kaiya Weston
Great trail for the historic value; there are a multitude of dilapidated mining buildings. Worth it to hike off-trail all the way down to the river!
May 19, 2020
Angie Garber