“This trail connects bottomland and upland areas of the Core Arboretum.
— Alex Dye
Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers
One of the many trails at the WVU Core Arboretum, Sheldon Trail connects to other paths in the lower part of the valley (including Cliff Trail
, Nuttall Trail
, Rumsey Trail
, and Strausbaugh Trail
). From the junction with Cliff Trail
, Sheldon descends briefly before leveling out along the bottomland forest of sycamore, locust, and maple. This section of trail is great for wildflower viewing in spring.
After passing Rumsey Trail
, Sheldon ascends steeply out of the river valley until it meets Strausbaugh Trail
near the top of the arboretum. Link this with other trails in the arboretum to construct a variety of running loops in this excellent urban retreat.
Flora & Fauna
Blue violets, Virginia bluebells, sessile trillium, and white violets grow along this trail when in season.