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

Statistics

1 - 2

hrs

280

m

280

m

22

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

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. 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](https://fatmap.com/routeid/2728899/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](https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/fayetteville_trails.htm)