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Grandview Rim Loop

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 4.1 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Fantastic viewpoints and stunning rock cliffs make this hike a treasure in the Grandview area.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Out and Back

2,492' 760 m

High

2,271' 692 m

Low

420' 128 m

Up

420' 128 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly This would be a great option for older kids - the steep climbs may be a bit much for the little ones, but those with the strength to make the climbs will love the views!

Overview

The Grandview Rim Loop provides hikers with exceptional views of the New River Gorge, as well as the sandstone cliffs that contribute so much to its majesty.

Need to Know

Be careful of the edge along the Castle Rock Trail, as it drops off steeply to one side.

Description

From the trailhead near Turkey Spur Rd., head south on the dirt-treaded Grandview Rim Trail, climbing steeply through an early section before the grade lessens dramatically. As you climb, be sure to pause at the viewpoints of the New River Gorge along the way. Upon reaching the trail junction with the Castle Rock Trail, continue right along the Grandview Rim Trail for a short while before reaching the Grandview Rim Spur. Take in the scenic vistas atop the spur trail before heading back to the Grandview Rim Trail.

Follow the Grandview Rim Trail east to the junction with the Grandview Walkway. Hike east along the walkway to the Main Overlook, before heading back west along the walkway to the junction with the Castle Rock Trail. Head north along the Castle Rock Trail, and be ready for a stunning experience amidst towering walls of stone. Be sure to watch your footing on this trail, as the trail surface is often uneven and can drop off steeply.

From here, follow the Castle Rock Trail until it merges with the Grandview Rim Trail, and head north to return to the Turkey Spur Rd. Parking Area.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - New River Gorge

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Hunter R

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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The view from the North Overlook on the Castle Rock Trail.
May 25, 2016 near Stanaford, WV
Castle Rock Trail.
May 31, 2016 near Stanaford, WV

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Mar 23, 2021
Megan McCain
The view of the road was ok. Not a whole lot of views of the river until you reach Turkey Spur. 1.6mi
Feb 8, 2021
Sheila Malone
Jul 11, 2020
Ethan Gingerich
Jul 1, 2020
Nate Mcclure
3.6mi — 2h 35m
Oct 27, 2019
Jeffrey Sweeney
Aug 25, 2018
Amber C
Sep 19, 2017
Maggie Louden
Strenuous hike in places along Rim. At Turkey Lookout wonderful views of New River at Grandview.
Jul 30, 2017
Katie O'Malley