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South Prong Trail #517

Intermediate

Trail

6.0 mile 9.6 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,227' 374 m
Descent: -332' -101 m
High: 4,127' 1,258 m
Low: 2,964' 903 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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Trail shared by Jason Lawrence

Beautiful easy trail with two creek crossings.

Jason Lawrence

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Gates close at sunset.

Runner Notes

The western portion is good for trail running, from the forest road down to the south prong of Red Creek.

Description

This trail begins along side the northern terminus of the Boar's Nest Trail #518 so the parking area may become congested. The beginning portion is quite easy traveling along an old jeep trail until it crosses the south prong of Red Creek for the first time. On the other side of the creek, turn left to continue on the trail for a short distance until it crosses the south prong again. In periods of snow melt or high rain, these crossings may be difficult.

After the second crossing, the trail continues to ascend until it crosses a forest road. On the other side of the forest road, the trail ascends steeply for just a few feet. As you run, you'll pass a number of established camping sites on your right. This part of the trail becomes muddy in the spring and remains so throughout the summer. It is very flat and easy to run. Some portions have wooden walkways built over the wetlands that are part of the unique sites to be seen on this trail. Towards the eastern terminus, there will be some really beautiful and interesting rock formations. Enjoy!

Flora & Fauna

Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron.

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Southbound on #517 - Hidden Passage Trail Junction
Oct 30, 2019 near Petersburg, WV
Bearing South about 0.5 miles from upper creek crossing
Oct 15, 2019 near Petersburg, WV
Hidden Passage Trail northern terminus at Trail #517
Oct 30, 2019 near Petersburg, WV

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