Cathedral State Park - Hiking
This Natural National Landmark will thrill nature lovers, since it’s the largest remaining virgin timber tract in West Virginia, and has an ancient hemlock grove with trees up to 90 feet tall and 21 feet around.
The longest individual trail clocks in at just longer than 1.1 miles, with connectors and other loops offering 6 total miles of trails.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The park is nestled in a relatively flat tract of land with elevation ranging from 2,460 to 2,620 feet. Soft forest floor trails and wooden bridges make for easy hiking with few obstacles to contend with.
Time To Complete
At even a slow pace, a linkup of all trails shouldn't take more than an hour. Considering Cathedral's location right along US Route 50, a quick jaunt through the the towering hemlocks could offer a welcome respite from the cramped confines of your car. If you're short on time, the Giant Hemlock Trail or the Wood Thrush Trail - both accessible from the main Cathedral Trail artery - will provide a good immersion in under 30 minutes.
Cathedral is an easily accessible place to view the splendor of Appalachia's endangered hemlock stands year round. Road conditions in winter can vary, but the park stays open and is gorgeous in fresh snowfall. Trails are likely to be wet or muddy during winter and following rain in spring and summer.