Located in the gorgeous New River Gorge in rural West Virginia, the Keeneys Creek Trail is a gravel trail that doubles as a road for park service vehicles. Although built on top of an abandoned railroad line, the trail has a steeper grade than your typical rail-trail, as it winds through forest and across several creeks and rivulets, offering up views of the pristine river gorge.
The trail runs through the grounds of the historic Nuttallburg coal complex, which was owned by Henry Ford and is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in the area’s industrial history. Recently restored by the National Park Service and opened to the public, the site is regarded as one of the best examples of a historic coal community in the nation. The Keeneys Creek Trail provides access to several shorter (but somewhat strenuous) hiking trails that allows you to learn about the various machinery involved in coal production, and exhibits along the way detail the history of the area and its residents. Due to the trail’s remote location, trail users are advised to pick up a map from the nearby Canyon Rim Visitors Center outside Fayetteville to ensure you don’t get lost and are able to enjoy this hidden, historic gem of a trail.
Trail Manager Contact
National Park Service – National River Headquarters
Post Office Box 246
Glen Jean, West Virginia
Large gravel; mountain bikes recommended
Nuttallburg- New River Gorge National River https://www.nps.gov/neri/learn/historyculture/nuttallburg.htm