Big Branch Trail- Hiking
One of the best-kept secrets of the New River Gorge, the strenuous Big Branch Trail rewards adventurous hikers with blooming wildflowers, countless waterfalls, and impressive views of the New River.
This trail is a 1.8 mile loop.
Destination Distance From Downtown
This loop trail is almost entirely uphill. Start left and you will walk along a creek bed with rocks of all shapes and sizes. Start right and climb up a staggering amount of switchbacks along a sharp ridge.
Time To Complete
The loop will take about 45-60 minutes.
The left path of this trail follows through a creek lined with waterfalls and pools, and is the best in the late winter/spring when the water levels are higher. But, the winter is the best time to view the New River from the top of the trail, because there are no leaves on the trees.
While dogs are allowed, the trail isn’t safe for them. It is very narrow in several areas with many sheer drop-offs.
- Cross Country Skiing
- Flat Water Paddling
- Mountain Biking
- Skiing & Snowboarding
- Trail Running
- White Water Paddling