Elk River Trail (WV)

West Virginia

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Elk River Trail (WV) Facts

States: West Virginia
Counties: Clay
Length: 26 miles
Trail end points: Duck Public Access Point on the Elk River (Duck) and State Route 16 (Hartland)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 11751329

Elk River Trail (WV) Description

Clay County boasts nearly 30 miles of trail snaking along the Elk River. The crushed stone trail stretches between Duck, starting at the trailhead which doubles as a river access point for kayaks and other water vessels. From Duck, it winds its way down through acres of woodlands along a former railroad bed. The approximately ten miles between Duck and Ivydale represents the first phase of the trail, which opened in summer of 2020. This segment was quickly followed by an extension through the county seat, Clay, to the Hartland Bridge, bringing the present total to 26 miles. The ultimate plan is to construct 54 miles of rail-trail along the river, stretching to Clendenin in neighboring Kanawha County, and work is already underway on the remaining sections of trail.

The Elk River Trail is open for use by walkers, hikers, runners, cyclists and horseback riders. E-bikes are also allowed, but only Class 1. There are exercise stations sited along the trail for an extra work out for trail users. While the trail runs alongside the Elk River for its entire length, views are largely obscured by dense tree cover.

Parking and Trail Access

  • Duck Trailhead - At the north end, visitors to the trail can park at the Duck Public Access Point on Villanova Ridge Road.  There are 15 spots on the gravel lot.
  • Ivydale Trailhead - Located 9.8 miles south of Duck.
  • Dundon Trailhead - Located just south of the Triplett Ridge Way/ CR 11 & Buffalo Creek Road. This trailhead has plenty of parking and easy trail access.

 

Elk River Trail (WV) Reviews

Great new trail

We just stopped for a quick ride from Duck to Groves Creek to check out the trail on our way to Elkins. We loved what we experienced on this end of the trail! I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be in 3-4 weeks when the leaves change! We will be back to do a much longer ride! It’s a new trail so not much signage or amenities but I am sure that is planned in the future. Oh and lots of parking places at Duck and it’s a quick trip off of I-79!

This is a great trail for anyone and everyone. It follows Elk River, it's peaceful, scenic, quiet, lots of wildlife to see and plants to identify.

This is a great trail for anyone and everyone. It follows Elk River, it's peaceful, scenic, quiet, lots of wildlife to see and plants to identify.

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