“A springtime must in the New River Gorge, sporting bountiful wildflowers and waterfalls.”
— Hunter R
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers
The Big Branch Trail is a must-do springtime hike in New River Gorge. Heading south from the parking area, climb moderately through wildflower-blanketed forest, hiking along numerous streams and waterfalls before passing an abandoned farmstead. Continue up the hill knowing the reward of beautiful New River Gorge views await you at the top.
After soaking up your surroundings and a magnificent view, head back down, completing this loop through intermittently steep sections of trail before arriving back at the parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Keep an eye out for multiple species of wildflower in this area, including spring beauties, trout lilies, toothwort, and bloodroot.