Monongahela National Forest

Hiking - Horseshoe Run Area

Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding

Horseshoe Run area is located northwest of Parsons, West Virginia, and northeast of WV Route 72, near and along WV Secondary Route 7. Motorized access to the area is by WV Secondary Routes 5, 7, 9, and 16, and Forest Roads #903 and 930. Non-motorized access is by several trailheads listed in this information sheet.

There are several major trails in this area: Maxwell Run, McKinley Run, Losh, Dorma Ridge, and Two Camp. Older publications and maps may indicate several other trails, but they were dropped from the system or combined with trails listed in this information. Traces of these old trails will still show on the ground, but they will not be signed or maintained. These trails can be used for foot travel, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Loop trips can be made by using a combination of trails and forest roads. All trails are marked at intervals by plastic blue diamonds.

Maxwell Run Trail (FT 157)

Length: 2.1 miles
Average hiking time: 1 hour
Maxwell Run Trail extends southeastward two miles up the Maxwell Creek from the highway bridge crossing on WV Secondary Route 7, about 1 mile south from Horseshoe Recreation Area. The trail consists of a fairly level path-way, shows some beautiful narrow valley terrain, with mature woods (pine, hemlock, and other numerous hard-woods), and interesting waterfalls.

McKinley Run Trail (FT 154)

Length: 1.0 mile
Average hiking time: 3/4 hour
This one mile trail extends east from the Horseshoe Run Road, WV Secondary 7 at Horseshoe Recreation Area There are two steep uphill sections with good tread-way and a variety of tree and plant species. No significant stream crossings exist. Trail ends at the junction with Forest Road 903.

Losh Trail (FT 155)

Length: 1.8 miles
Average hiking time: 1 1/2 hours
Trail begins 0.4 mile from the Horseshoe Recreation Area via Two Camp Trail located near the self-service pay station in the campground. This two mile trail runs northwest from the footbridge, crossing Horseshoe Run and steeply climbs up and over the mountain ridge to a trail shelter at the trail junction with Dorman Ridge Trail (FT 153). The trail junction is located within a beautiful stand of trees consisting of pine, hemlock, and other mixed conifers.

Dorman Ridge Trail (FT 153)

Length: 1.4 miles
Average hiking time: 1 1/4 hours
This trail must be accessed via use from Losh Trail (FT 155)and Horseshoe Recreation Area or WV Secondary Routes 5 and 9, and Forest Road 930. Trail grades are gentle, trail crosses highlands and goes through many open areas affording many beautiful mountain scenes. From the trail junction with Losh Trail (FT 155)lies a trail shelter 500 yards east along an unnumbered footpath.

Two Camp Trail (FT 111)

Length: 0.4 mile
Average hiking time: 10 minutes
This trail begins in the campground portion of Horseshoe Recreation Area directly behind the bulletin board and self-service campground pay station. A short, flat woodsy trail connecting Horseshoe Recreation Area and the Losh Trail. The name of this trail was because the original trail connected the Horseshoe Camp and the YMCA Horseshoe Camp, thus the name, Two Camp Trail. At the formal end of this trail and junction with the Losh Trails a large wood foot bridge crossing Horseshoe Run.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 24 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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