The Kaymoor Trail runs parallel to the New River between Fayetteville and Cunard in the National Park Service’s New River Gorge National River. Much of the stunning trail follows old roads and dormant rail beds, although the southern half is significantly more challenging to cyclists and hikers. The adjacent area is popular with rock climbers and whitewater rafters—don’t be surprised if you hear gleeful screams as visitors enjoy the 70,000-acre park.
The highlight of the trail is undoubtedly the abandoned Kaymoor Mine. The site was in operation for almost 60 years, but has been abandoned since 1963. Several old coal mine structures and mine openings are found here, as well as informative exhibits on the history of the area.
From the mine site, the steep and dramatic Kaymoor Miners Trail descends via 821 steps and switchbacks to additional remains of the mine, including the coke ovens, coal processing plant and Kaymoor town site. Thousands of miners have done a similar descent over the years. Take the short but challenging trail north instead to reach an active rail line and the New River.
Trail Manager Contact
National Park Service – National River Headquarters
Post Office Box 246
Glen Jean, West Virginia
Section of trail starting at Wolf Creek Trail head and ending at Kaymoor Mine Site CLOSED due to unstable hillside. Surface gravel large in spots; road bikes not recommended.
Fayetteville Area Trails- New River Gorge National River https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/fayetteville_trails.htm