4 - 5
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If you're searching for your own private swimming hole or a quiet riverside spot to cast a line, look no further than Glade Creek.
Following an abandoned railroad bed along the river, this hike is sure to impress anyone in the family - including the dog! The abundance of unnamed cascades and small waterfalls make this one of the classic must-do hikes for anyone visiting New River Gorge.
As an out-and-back, this trail gives you the option to hike as much, or as little, as you'd like.
With two vehicles, shuttling the trail is an option, though a high-clearance, 4WD vehicle is needed to reach the upper trailhead.
Mud can also be an issue, which is why most opt for the out-and-back from the campground.
The main (lower) trailhead is at the Glade Creek Campground, where Glade Creek Road ends.
Whether you come from Beckley or Fayetteville, you have 7 miles on unpaved road after driving through Prince, but a 2WD vehicle is more than adequate, according to most sources.
For those planning to fish along Glade Creek, the lower section of the river is a *WV Catch & Release trout stream*.
More information on fishing in New River Gorge [can be found here](https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/fishing.htm#:~:text=The%20New%20River%20offers%20anglers,or%20flathead%20and%20channel%20catfish.). [NPS](https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/glade-creek-trails.htm)