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Over 42 miles of hiking and biking trails are maintained at Holly River.  There is no fee to enjoy the park trails.

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Hiking Trail Descriptions

High Rock Trail

Walking distance/time:1.5 miles/2 hours. Blaze: orange  Starting from the foot bridge below cabin No. 9, the trail begins a steep climb around a mountain, leading to a high tabletop rock on the ridge summit. The ridge is dominated by mountain laurel, flame azaleas and oak trees. The trail follows the ridge and descends to the mouth of Big Run and ends at the campground entrance.

Laurel Fork Trail

Walking distance/time: 5 mile/30 minutes. Located on the island between the Activity Building and the Carpenter Pavilion. The trail is asphalt paved and follows the perimeter of the island as it is encircled by Laurel Fork. The trail meets ADA standards and includes four rest stations, two shelters, three water fountains, and 10 historical markers with Braille signs depicting the history of the park.

Nature’s Rock Garden Trail

Walking distance/time: 5 mile/30 minutes. Blaze: orange. Beginning at the cabin area parking lot, this short, self-guided interpretive loop combines easy walking with a great variety of plant life. Interpretive booklets are available at the information kiosk.

Oak Ridge Trail

Walking distance/time: 2.5 miles, 3 hours. Blaze: blue.  Starting from the lower end of the campground, this trail ascends a mountain, then twists along Oak Ridge and intersects the Tramontane Trail. This trail features an overlook with a view of the park’s main recreational area.

Potato Knob Trail

Walking distance/time: 7.5 miles one way/5 hours one way. Blaze: red.
Branching off from Wilderness Trail, this trail follows a ridge to Ridge Road. It joins the road for a half mile and then descends the mountain through a grove of exceptionally large trees. A short side trail on the Ridge Road offers a view of Tenskwatawa Falls. Crossing Fall Run Road, the trail circles around the southern side of Potato Knob to The Chute. From here it is a steep ascent to the summit of Potato Knob.

Railroad Grade Trail

Walking distance/time:10 miles/6 hours. Blaze: orange. Begins where Wilderness Trail crosses Crooked Fork. As the name implies, this trail travels an old railroad grade. You may then walk the road back to the park headquarters. In one area, this trail winds through some interesting rock formations.

Reverie Trail

Walking distance/time: 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours. Blaze: yellow. Originating at the campground entrance, the trail parallels Big Run to Dreamer’s Meadow, scales a mountain and passes under Tecumseh Falls, guiding hikers to a primitive camping site. Turning southeast, the trail descends the mountain to Pickens Road; here the hiker may either turn right on the road and walk back one mile to the starting point or cross the road to the stream and turn right on Wilderness Trail to the cabins.

Ridge Road Trail

Walking distance: 6.1 miles. This trail is for bicycling, day hiking and possibly cross-country skiing and horseback riding. Beginning at Laurel Fork near the Jacob Klee Road and following a jeep service road up the hill for about a mile to the old fire tower and following the ridge to descend just behind the assistant superintendent’s residence at the lower end of the campground.

Salt Lick Trail

Walking distance/time: .75 miles/45 minutes. Blaze: orange. Beginning with a slight climb from Cabin No. 9, this easy walking trail winds around the mountain through a young forested area and leads to some of the oldest and largest trees in the park. The trail descends to the island in the picnic area and ends at the campground.

Tramontane Trail

Walking distance/time: 2.5 miles / 2.5 hours. Blaze: yellow. Beginning at Cabin No. 9, this trail winds through a large forested area and out into the fields of an old homestead. From this point, the trail takes hikers to a high ridge overlooking the upper valley and headwaters to the left fork of Holly River. At approximately 2.3 miles, look for Mystic Falls, the hidden waterfall of Holly River State Park. The trail then descends into a dry run and on to its ending point at the picnic area.

Wilderness Trail

Walking distance/time: 4.5 miles one way / 4 hours. Blaze: blue. Ascending the mountain through high country glens across Crooked Fork into a remote area of the park, this trail guides hikers from Cabin No. 9 to the former site of the fire tower. Backtracking is necessary to reach the original trail. Returning to and heading down Crooked Fork, the trail joins Laurel Fork and continues downstream, ending at Cabin No. 1.

Waterfalls

Cascading over massive sandstone Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa waterfalls are in the 10-foot high class. Standing within the rooms of crevice-type caves behind the waterfalls, you may watch the falling water in front without getting wet. The larger waterfalls and Shupe’s Chute are located in the Potato Knob section of the park.

Items of Note

  • All trails are blazed with different colors for identification.
  • All above mileage and walking times are round-trip unless otherwise stated.
  • Sturdy shoes and socks are advised.
  • Hike with a friend or relative. It’s more fun and a lot safer than hiking alone.
  • Always let someone know where you plan to go.
  • • Please remember, “Leave no trace.”

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