History of the Trail
Trail Conditions

Introduction of Trail

The Kanawha Trace is a 31.68-mile foot trail running from Barboursville, WV, at the confluence of Mud and Guyandotte Rivers, to Frazier's Bottom, WV on the Kanawha River. With the exception of public roads, the trail is located in its entirety on private property. Without the cooperation of these land owners there would be no Kanawha Trace. When hiking the trail please respect the property and interests of these gracious people.

The Kanawha Trace starts at the ford crossing of the Mud River on the route of the old James and Kanawha River Turnpike. Today it is known as Merritts Creek Road near Barboursville. The Kanawha Trace runs through 3 counties in West Virginia (Cabell, Mason, Putnam county) and is located currently all on private property. The trail was built and is currently maintained by a local Boy Scout Troop 42 of the Tri-State Area Council. The trail was opened in 1962 and in 2002 we celebrated the 40th Anniversary with more than 300 hikers hiking across all 32 miles.

Grant Project Work

Below are some pictures of the current work that is being done on the Kanawha Trace.

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