Meadow River Rail Trail

West Virginia

2 Reviews

View Trail Map
View Map
Send to App

Register for free!

Register for free with TrailLink today!

We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors
  • View over 40,000 miles of trail maps
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your own favorite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Leave reviews for trails
  • Add new and edit existing trails

Meadow River Rail Trail Facts

States: West Virginia
Counties: Fayette, Greenbrier
Length: 9.19 miles
Trail end points: just off WV-41/Wilderness Hwy, near the Nallen Post Office (9001 Wilderness Hwy, Nallen) and Meadow River Bridge (Rainelle)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6265277

Meadow River Rail Trail Description

The Meadow River Rail Trail is a developing rail-trail that meanders along its scenic namesake river in West Virginia's Fayette and Greenbrier counties. The rail-trail follows a former CSX spur line built in 1907 that once serviced a lumber company. 

Running 9.19-miles between Nallen and Rainelle, the first phase opened on October 13, 2023. The compacted stone unpaved trail will be suitable for walking, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

From the Nallen Trailhead at its northern end, the rail-trail runs along the western border of Fayette County. Continuing south, it crosses Russellville Bridge into Greenbrier County and passes the Russellville Trailhead. The trestle bridge is one of two crossing over the Meadow River along the route. The rail-trail meanders south along the eastern bank of the river to its southern end at the Meadow River Bridge. Currently, the trail is an out-and-back as the southern end of the trail dead ends in the woods at the bridge and the Burdette Creek.

It's 2.9 miles from the Nallen Trailhead to the Russellville Trailhead and 6.29 miles from the Russellville Trailhead to the Meadow River Bridge. 

When complete, the rail-trail will be 23.1 miles and may one day connect to the Gauley River National Recreation Area at its northern end. 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the northern end by Nallen Trailhead, which is near the Nallen Post Office (9001 Wilderness Hwy, Nallen) just off WV-41/Wilderness Hwy in Fayette County. 

Visit the TrailLink map for detailed directions.

Meadow River Rail Trail Reviews

Fantastic Rail Trail for Running

I started at the Trailhead sign in Russellville and headed north. There is an a gravel section suitable for parking near the Trailhead sign. I will point that there were "No Parking" signs here. I believe it meant "No Parking" on the grass area, but it was ambiguous. I went ahead and parked there anyways without issue.

I ran north all the way to the Trailhead sign in Nallen. The path is mostly flat, well maintained, and very suitable for running. I ran a faster "tempo" run without issue.

Great Trail

From Nallen 9 miles to the second bridge crossing is wide smooth trail that follows the River with only slight grade.
Very remote area of WV with beautiful mountains and no crowds. You won’t meet very many people on this trail. Good for bicycles or walking. At any age.

Nearby Trails

Go Unlimited Today!

  • FREE Account
  • View over 40,000 miles of trail maps
  • Post your trail reviews
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your favorite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Get a free map in the app!
Register for FREE
Purchase Unlimited

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Log in with Google

Log in with Apple


Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 40,000 miles of trail maps and more!

Register with Google

Register with Apple


Your account has been deleted.