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Balanced Rock Trail

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A 1-mile winding trail through the West Virginia forest that passes a large sandstone table rock.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

3,234' 986 m

High

3,142' 958 m

Low

168' 51 m

Up

76' 23 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Spring

Need to Know

The closest restroom is the Blackwater Lodge to the east of the trailhead.

Description

An orange-blazed trail that begins at the main road across from the Elakala Trail. As you head south through the old-growth forest and cross Shay Trace and Red Spruce Trail, continue south to the Balanced Rock. As you turn to make your way past the sandstone boulders and push through patches of dense with rhododendron, head north over a bridge and end your trip by Cabin 13.

Balanced Rock was created by a phenomenon called differential weathering. The top rock has withstood the elements better than the bottom rock and a "table rock" remains.

Flora & Fauna

Moss, Rhododendron maximum, Indian Pipes (Monotropa uniflora), Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches mushrooms), Entoloma salmoneum (Salmon Unicorn Entoloma mushrooms).

Contacts

Shared By:

Ryan Spr

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Balanced Rock
Aug 20, 2019 near Davis, WV
Bridge over the tannin-colored creek as you near the end of the trail.
Aug 20, 2019 near Davis, WV

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Jun 7, 2020
James Ortmann
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