Updated April 2021
||1,682 Feet (513 Meters)
||0.7 Mile (1.2 Kilometers)
The High Timber Trail is a self-guiding trail within the Robert W. Craig Memorial Campground. The trail is approximately 0.75-mile long and traverses fairly rugged terrain. Proper footwear is recommended. The trail starts adjacent to site #25 near the washhouse and ends near site #51 on the back loop of the campground.
This trail not only provides a relaxing walk near the campground, it also reveals the wide variety of trees that are native to the Appalachian Plateau. The trees on the trail have important aesthetic and scenic value along with economic and commercial value. All the timber in the area is second or third growth. Considering the remote, rugged, and almost inaccessible terrain, there must have been substantial value placed on these trees. Traditionally, lumbering has been one of the area's major industries. For example, walnut and cherry make fine furniture and ash is made into baseball bats. The variety of deciduous trees is staggering: American Basswood, Bitternut Hickory, Black Cherry, Black Locust, Red Oak, Black Oak, Black Walnut, Flowering Dogwood, Shagbark Hickory, Slippery Elm, Green Ash, Sugar Maple, Chestnut Oak, Red Maple, Allegheny Service Berry, Hophornbeam, Staghorn Sumac, Pignut Hickory and many more.
A half-mile connector trail along the north side of the path, connects you to Sunset Trail, a 1.8-mile hike from the entrance station looping northbound to a scenic overlook and terminating along the campground entrance road.
Directions from Elk Garden, WV: Travel east along WV State Route 46. Travel past Howell Run Boat Launch. Bear right at the fork. Travel a short distance to the campground road on the left. Signage is good. The trail begins near campsite #25 and ends by campsite #51.
Normally Open: May - September