Williams River Trail | West Virginia Rails To Trails


In West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, the Williams River Trail is part of the Tea Creek Recreation Area.  The trails feature sweeping vistas, spruce and aspen groves, beautiful meadows, beaver dams and rolling creeks. The several intersecting trails, offering a selection of loop options for multi-day hikes of varying levels of difficulty.

The Tea Creek Area Trails system consists of 12 trails totaling 44 miles, many of which follow old logging railroad corridors. The trails are found in the Marlinton Ranger District within Monongahela National Forest.

The trails run through hardwood forest, with dramatic elevation changes throughout. Most of the trails are considered difficult for mountain biking.

Trail Manager Contact

United States Forest Service (MNF)
200 Sycamore Street
Elkins, West Virginia

Gauley Ranger District


Logging Rail-Trail- This is a single-track and often steep, once a logging railroad.

Monongahela National Forest- http://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf

Williams River Sites- http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/recarea/?recid=6992

Tea Creek Trail System- http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=77600&actid=50

Pocahontas County- http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/biking_hiking_trails.aspx

Trail Stats

Trail Status Open
Trail End Points Tea Creek Campground to Handley Public Hunting & Fishing Area
Counties Pocahontas
Trail Length 2.7 Miles
Activities Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking (only in National Forest section), Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Camping
Trail Surface Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Parking and Trail Access

The Tea Creek Trails are accessible from Tea Creek Campground, off Forest Road 86. Take the Highland Scenic Highway (SR 150) west from US 219 and turn right on Williams River Road (FR 86). Follow the signs to the campground and park.

You can also access some trails from the Gauley Mountain Area off US 219 north of its intersection with SR 150. Look for the signs on the left.