Possession Camp Trail | West Virginia Rails To Trails


The Monongahela National Forest’s Otter Creek Wilderness has many trails, mostly for hiking through the scenic landscape of rhododendron, timber and mosses. Biking is prohibited on the trails, but horses are allowed in some areas.

The Possession Camp Trail extends northeast from a junction with the Otter Creek Trail—the spine of the trail system in the Otter Creek Wilderness—and the Moore Run Trail. In the north, the trail ends at the scenic Green Mountain Trail. So although the trail itself is roughly 3 miles long, there is some considerable hiking to get to the start of the trail. The trail can best be accessed by hiking in from the Moore Run Trail head or either of the trail heads for the Otter Creek Trail.

Like all of the trails in the Otter Creek Wilderness, attention has been given to keeping the Possession Camp Trail very primitive. There are no signs or blazes. However, confusing sections are marked with stone cairns. This rail-trail is not for the faint of heart, but it is worth the hike if you are up for a challenge.

Trail Manager Contact

Monongahela National Forest

200 Sycamore Street
Elkins, West Virginia


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

Otter Creek Wilderness- MNF http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/recarea/?recid=12369

Trail Stats

Trail Status Open
Trail End Points State Secondary Route 17/Waiteville Rd (Monroe Co. border) to CR 15/5/Rays Siding Road (Waiteville)
Counties Randolph, Tucker
Trail Length 3.2 miles
Trail Surface Dirt, Grass
Trail Link Profile TrailLink.com Profile
Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Otter Creek Trail’s Condon Run Trail head, take Stuart Memorial Drive/FR 91 1.4 miles north of US 33/State Route 55; go right at the fork (FR 303). Trail head parking is 0.6 mile away. The Otter Creek Trail’s Dry Fork Trail head is off Dry Fork Road/SR 72 southeast of Parsons.

To reach the Moore Run Trail head, take County Road 219 south from Parsons, and stay left at the fork to continue on Brooklyn Heights Road. Turn right on Forest Road 701 and then continue on FR 324, heading south. The trail head, though hard to spot, is on the left.