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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Hiking WV: Otter Creek

“I don’t know where I want to go or even if I feel up to hiking.”
“Me either”
“So let’s just get in the car and see where we end up.

We ended up at Otter Creek!

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Traveling WV: Coopers Rock & Valley Falls

I’d actually wanted to hike yesterday, but forgot there is always more snow at Coopers Rock than there is in Morgantown, so I didn’t think to grab snowshoes (in my defense, we haven’t been able to use them since we bought them).

We walked around for awhile, but walking through the deep snow ended up making my foot ache, so we left without a nice long hike, and went for a scenic drive instead, stopping at Valley Falls.

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We did walk completely around the reservoir.

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Valley Falls we just wandered around and avoided the three other small groups who were there (on group was a HS senior photo shoot, which: good for her!

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Fall Hiking: Canaan Mountain Backcountry

Saturday we headed back to the Canaan area–mostly because it’s a relatively short drive with a ton of wilderness.

We went back up to Canaan Loop road and did a loop of Fire trails and the Plantation trail.

I did slide into a puddle, but not this one.

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Luckily, although a little water got into my boots, my feet stayed dry.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Hiking WV: Blackwater Canyon

These are actually from two weeks ago. I was just to lazy to post them.

We’d decided to hike around the Blackwater Canyon. Nothing strenuous, but I knew there would be some pretty views and that we would be unlike to see other people.

When they tell you the road isn’t suitable for passenger vehicles, they really do mean it.

We parked before the road completely degraded and walked to the Allegheny / Canyon Rim Trail.

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Just past the Canyon Rim Trail, if you watch the side of the road you’ll find a short trail out to the overlook, where you can see into the Blackwater Canyon.

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You can hear the creek running below, but even with the leaves fallen could not catch sight of it.

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Between the overlook and Canyon Rim Trailhead you can look for another side trail to a waterfall.

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This is a scramble and not recommended for all users.

But it is lovely.

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The canyon rim trail itself has several creek crossings at the start, but is then wooded / rhododendron thickets.

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It was chilly, but a gorgeous (and easy) hike.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Hiking WV: Blackwater Falls & Canaan

Forgot to post these pictures from the first weekend we had our car back.

We went to Davis and decided to take the Blackwater River Trail at Canaan, and a trail we hadn’t walked before at Blackwater Falls.

Canaan Valley Start Park, Blackwater River Trail

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Blackwater Falls State Park, River Road Trail, Yellow Birch Trail

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Hiking WV: New River Gorge, Nuttallburg

On the hope that there was still some color (there wasn’t) we headed south to New River Gorge.

We’d considered hiking Endless Wall trail–and then saw cars parked alongside the road. So after regrouping we headed to Nuttallburg, which we hadn’t done before.

Nuttallburg is an abandoned mining town, and was full of lots of abandoned equipment.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Hiking WV: Stauffer’s Marsh Preserve

An accident led us to seek a detour which led us to drive past Stauffer’s Marsh Preserve. Since we were mostly wandering, we decided to stop.

Stauffer’s Marsh Preserve is a small preserve, but it was a nice walk.

They day was overcast and gray, which is why we didn’t have any specific hiking plans, so little color came out in the pictures.

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