Headhouse Trail

A mine car ruin sits in front of the mine entrance
The Headhouse Trail offers up close explorations of the Nuttallburg mine site and headhouse .

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Quick Facts

Labeled (1) on the Nuttallburg Area Trails map


0.7 miles/1.13 km (One-way)



Trail type

Hiking and biking

Trail Description

This gravel trail (administrative road) leads to the entrance of the Nuttall coal mine and top of the coal conveyor which was used to transport coal from the mine to the processing area at river level. Learn more about this mine operation from exhibits at this site. Stairs next to the conveyor allow a closer look at the conveyor structure.


Climbing, sitting, or walking on walls and other constructed features weakens them. Please leave historic structures and artifacts as you find them, where they help tell the story of the past.

To reach the trailhead

Turn onto Lansing-Edmond Road (CO 5/82) off US 19 in Lansing, just north of Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Travel 2.5 miles, then turn right onto Beauty Mountain Road (CO 85/5). Travel 0.1 miles, then turn right onto the road just beyond Nuttall Cemetery Road. The small parking area is located next the gate, the start of the Headhouse Trail (administrative road). 

NOTE: Lansing-Edmond Road is a small, curvy road. Use caution while driving and be prepared to cooperate with other drivers.

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve

Last updated: April 30, 2022