About This Park

Located in the southeastern corner of the state, near the border of Virginia, Greenbrier State Forest encompasses 5,100 acres of forested, mountainous terrain. After spending the day hiking, biking and exploring nature’s playground, guests may relax in one of the forest’s completely furnished cabins. Trips to Greenbrier State Forest provide much needed seclusion and relaxation, but day trips to nearby Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs are an option, should guests wish to shop and dine in these charming towns.

Greenbrier State Forest

Things to Do

  • Biking
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    Fishing
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    Golf
  • Hiking
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    Horseback Riding
  • DeerViewing
    Hunting
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    Museums & Historical Sites
  • Outdoor Adventures
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    Rafting
  • Swimming
859 attraction is located outside of the park.

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History

This 5,133-acre forest was purchased by the State of West Virginia from the White Sulphur Springs Park Association in 1938. That same year, the Civilian Conservation Corps established Camp White Sulphur, in the area that presently houses the Forest headquarters and swimming pool. The forest, which stands divided by 3,280-foot high Kate’s Mountain, is rich in Native American history dating back to the 1700’s.

Accommodations

Cabins

Greenbrier State Forest has 14 standard furnished cabins with fully equipped kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces. There’s enough room for the whole family and plenty of time for adventure. Cabins are open April through October.

Camping

Greenbrier State Forest has a 16-unit campground, suitable for tents and trailers. Each site offers an electric hookup, a picnic table, an on-site and central bathhouse, and a stone fireplace for grilling-out with the family. The campground is open April through October.

Trails

Black Bear Trail

Starting points are three-tenths of a mile from the cabin area at an intersection with Old Roads Trail and one-fifth of a mile from the main forest road on Young’s Nature Trail. The trail passes through two hollows with a gentle climb in elevation. This trail can be combined with Old Roads Trail to make a longer hike.
Distance 2 miles (one way)
Difficulty Moderate

Holsapple Trail

Following an old logging road for its entire length, this trail begins at the top of Kate’s Mountain near Rocky Ridge Trail. After skirting the eastern side of Kate’s Mountain, it ends on Kate’s Mountain Road, south of Young’s Nature Trail.
Distance 2.3 miles (one way)
Difficulty Moderate

Kate’s Mountain Loop Trail

A loop that combines the Rocky Ridge, Holsapple, Young Nature and the Mabel Dowdy trails, as well as the western service road. Adventurers with the backpacker spirit will enjoy the variety this loop offers. Nevertheless, you may want to pack a lunch for this walk.
Distance 7.8 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Mabel Dowdy Nature Trail

This trail, named after a retired park employee, begins and ends in the cabin area. A nice after-dinner trail, it visits a variety of plant and animal habitat including a mixed deciduous hardwood forest, a hemlock forest, a mountain stream habitat and an open meadow. This trail has a few gentle climbs.
Distance 1.3 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Old Field Loop Trail

Walking time 1 1/2 hours. These three loops begin along the length of the Old Field Trail and provide the hiker/biker with opportunities to extend a hike and explore the woods around the Old Field Trail. Loop A also has a connecting spur that ends in the Shelter II parking area.
Distance 2 miles (one way)
Difficulty Moderate

Old Roads Trail

This is a self-guided nature trail with trail heads across the road from the entrance to the cabin area and in the service area near the forest office. The trail follows an old logging road for most of its length, except where it crosses a ridge.
Distance 1.6 miles (one way)
Difficulty Moderate

Rocky Ridge Trail

Starting at a point one-quarter mile from the service area where it intersects with Old Roads Trail, the trail winds its way to the top of Kate’s Mountain, three-tenths of a mile from the overlook. This is a strenuous walk and recommended for those in good health.
Distance 2.1 miles (one way)
Difficulty Difficult

YCC Trail

Walking time 45 minutes. This trail begins across the road from the entrance to Shelter II area. This “figure-eight” trail was destroyed in the derecho of 2011. It was rebuilt in 2014 as a combination trail for walkers and beginning mountain bikers.
Distance .6 mile (loop)
Difficulty Easy

Young’s Nature Trail

Starting one-tenth of a mile north of the picnic area at the main forest road, this trail climbs gradually from the hollow and then follows a steep ridge line to the trailhead on Kate’s Mountain Road.
Distance 1.7 miles (one way)
Difficulty Moderate

The “Holler” Trail

Walking time ½ hour. Starting at two-tenth of a mile from the main forest road on Old Roads Trail and ending at one-tenth of a mile from the main forest road on Young’s Nature Trail. This trail provides mountain bikers and hikers with a whimsical, flowing trail that meanders through a deep hollow along the base of Kate’s Mountain.
Distance
1.2 miles (one way)
Difficulty Moderate

Twin Pines Trail

Walking time 45 minutes. Starting at the main forest road just north of the picnic area and ending one-tenth of a mile from the main forest road on Old Roads Trail. This trail parallels the forest road and serves as a hiking/biking connector path to the picnic area.
Distance
0.6 miles (one way)
Difficulty Moderate
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Nearby Attractions

Greenbrier River Trail

A favorite for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, anglers and horseback riders, is this 78-mile rail trail that closely mirrors the Greenbrier River.

Moncove Lake State Park

In addition to state park facilities, especially camping, Moncove Lake and the adjacent wildlife management area provide ample opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, birdwatching and hiking.

The Greenbrier

“America’s Resort” has been a cherished getaway since 1778. A National Historic Landmark, The Greenbrier is famous for its mineral springs, championship golf, boutiques, fine dining, and recreational activities.

Organ Cave

Journey deep into the earth with this National Natural Landmark. Organ Cave has more than 45 miles of mapped passages and is the second longest commercial cave on the East Coast.

Lost World Caverns

These caverns descend 120 feet below the surface into a vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. You won’t get lost down there but if you’d prefer, guided tours are also available by reservation.

Historic Lewisburg

Buildings of architectural interest abound, dating back to 1784. Learn about colonial life and the Civil War Battle fought in the city. Explore antique and specialty shops, inns, bed & breakfasts and art galleries.

White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery

Take a tour and see some of West Virginia’s most breathtaking animals at White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery. Guided and self-guided tours are both available.

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