Kaymoor Miners Trail

A steep, mostly-downhill hike near Fayetteville to a historic coal mine.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
2 km
Ascent
280 m
Descent
280 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
321 m
High Point
602 m
Gradient
22˚
Kaymoor Miners Trail Map

The Kaymoor Miners Trail is a steep trail that descends into the New River Gorge via stairs and switchbacks to the historic Kaymoor coal mine. For those seeking a quick view, an overlook sits just 0.2-miles from the trailhead. After that, the trail drops steeply to the mine, where "821 steps continue down to the remains of the coal processing plant, coke ovens, and town site near river level below," according to the NPS.

Description

The trailhead is located on Kaymoor Road, making it a great option for anyone visiting Fayetteville. Neither restrooms nor water are available, though the park's main visitor center is not far away. Should you find yourself there, consider the quick hike on the Canyon Rim Boardwalk.

Per the park, "climbing, sitting, or walking on walls and other constructed features weakens them. Please leave historic structures and artifacts as you find them, where they help tell the story of the past." The railroad along the river is also active and privately owned, so please "do not walk on or cross the tracks."

Source: NPS

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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