Craig Branch Trail

Two hikers on dirt road with cliffs and views, A graph is below depicting the trail elevation change
Cliffs, views, and boulders characterize the Craig Branch Trail.

NPS/Dave Bieri

Quick Facts

Parking - Auto, Trailhead

Labeled (10) on the Fayetteville - Lansing Area Trails map

(Formerly part of the Kaymoor-Cunard Trail)


2.4 miles/3.86 km (One-way)



Trail type

Hiking and biking

Total Elevation Gain

209 ft

Total Elevation Loss

644 ft

Average Slope


Trail Description

This forest trail offers views of the river and gorge, plus it connects to the Kaymoor Trail, offering access to the historic Kaymoor coal mine site. There are several steep sections on this gravel trail (administrative road). Several Arrowhead Trails (Adena, Clovis, and Dalton) junction off this trail near the trailhead parking area.

To get to the trailhead

From US 19, follow WV 16 south through Fayetteville. Take a left on Gatewood Road (park signs indicates Kaymoor and Cunard). Follow Gatewood Road 2.0 miles, and turn left at the Kaymoor sign (Kaymoor No. 1 Road). Follow this road about one mile to the "T" intersection; turn right. Trailhead parking is 0.25 miles on the right.

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve

Last updated: July 13, 2022