Summary: Pipestem Resort State Park provides a great opportunity to enjoy the abundant beauty of Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia. You'll begin your journey on Den Tree Trail, located in the rear of the Arboretum. This interpretive trail has markers along the way providing info on the park wildlife. Keep an eye out for all sorts of animals including white-tailed deer and turkey. Seeing the fawns up close was a great treat for my 8 year old son.
After the descent towards the lake you will interesect the Lake Shore Trail. The first half of this trail will be a series of small hills taking you above the lake. It is frequented by horses so during wet seasons expect the trail conditions to be quite muddy.
As you approach the half-way point the trail will begin to hug the lake, providing some great views of a pristine mountain lake. As you near the end of the Lake Shore Trail you will pass a boat house where you can rent a canoe before climbing back up Den Tree Trail.
Trailhead: This circuit is located within Pipestem State Park. The main entrance to Pipestem is located off of WV 20, between Hinton and Princeton. The main road will lead to the Aboretum and McKeever Lodge, either of which will provide parking with easy access to the trailhead. The trailhead is located in the rear, left (Northeast) corner of Arboretum. It may not be clearly visible until you actually walk the perimiter of the Arboretum at which point you should see an introductory sign for the Den Tree Trail. (Lat:37.53081 Lon:-80.99192)
Trail Guides for Pipestem Longbranch Lake Circuit:
Pipestem Resort State Park Web Site
by WV Division of Natural Resources (WV DNR)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WV State Parks)
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