12.2 Miles / 19.6 km
Time to Hike:
6 hours, ~6 minutes
Surface Type:
New River Gorge National Park
Beaver, West Virginia
37.827271, -81.010556
September 24, 2017
January 09, 2021
731 '

Total Change
2,583 '

2,580 '


The Glade Creek Trail at the New River Gorge National Park is a 12.2 mile out-and-back hike along Glade Creek. The trail lies on an old raised railroad bed, so the hike is relatively flat the entire time.This hike includes Kate's Falls Trail as well, which is 0.3 to 0.4 mile out-and-back. If you plan to skip Kate's Falls, this hike is closer to 11.9 miles out-and-back.

This trail is one of the best backpacking trails at New River Gorge since it has plenty of off-trail campsites. There are a couple of campsites out of view from the trail, but most of them are right off of the trail.

Trail Traffic: low traffic on the weekends. A few groups of day hikers and little-to-no backpackers along the trail, so it's a very secluded area.

Sights: Kate's Falls, scenic creek overlooks, and a 4 - 5 foot tall 40 foot wide waterfall 1 mile up the creek from the northern parking lot.

Kates Falls: Kate's Falls is best seen in the spring when there's plenty of water. In the early Fall there was just a trickle. In the GPS data provided, you'll find the Kate's Falls Trail at about 4.8 to 5.1 miles - hover over this section with your mouse to see the spur trail and it's elevations.

Campsites: we camped approximately 1.8 - 1.9 miles up the trail where we noticed a small dirt path heading up the banks of the trail. There's a great flat area with a fire ring here; however, if you keep hiking you'll find at least 4 - 5 more campsites right along the trail. You can't miss them.

Parking: parking can be found at the coordinates provided and you can also park at the southern terminus of the GPS data provided.

Trail Grade/Difficulty: the grade is moderately flat with not many steep uphill sections; however there are a couple of steeper sections, but they flatten out quickly afterward. This trail is listed as moderate but is closer to an easy-moderate hike considering the length.

Trail map PDF: for the official Glade Creek Trail map, check out this National Park PDF.

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  1. Parking

    37.827271, -81.010556
  2. Main Trailhead

    37.827161, -81.010622
  3. Waterfall

    37.815886, -81.008019
  4. Bridge creek crossing

    37.795586, -81.028503
    Bridge creek crossing
  5. Campsite

    37.807219, -81.015664
  6. Cave carved by water - adjacent to Glade Creek

    37.781278, -81.030364
    Cave carved by water - adjacent to Glade Creek
  7. Kate's Falls - dried up in late Sept

    37.775294, -81.031331
    Kate's Falls - dried up in late Sept
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12.2 miles / 19.6 km
Trail added
September 24, 2017
Hiked on
September 22, 2017
Updated on
January 09, 2021

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