Snake Hill Wildlife Management Trails
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Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area is a serene escape to nature located just outside of Morgantown, WV. Snake Hill is managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for the primary purpose of habitat restoration/management and hunting access. The terrain is a mix of rolling hills and rocky cliffs near the Cheat River Gorge. Snake Hill features some of the region’s lesser-explored sandstone climbing, as well as four moderate to difficult hiking trails and four overlooks standing 1,200-feet above the Cheat River.
The Deckers Creek Trail passes through a portion of the Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area, giving visitors easy access to the Mon River Rail Trail System.
Trails at Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area
Snake Hill Overlooks Trail: This 6.6-mile loop takes visitors on a scenic tour throughout the main portion of cleared area at Snake Hill. The trail makes a stop at each of the four overlooks over the Cheat River Gorge before looping back to the main entrance where it began.
Snake Hill Trail: This 3.5-mile loop is open to hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels. Visitors will stop at two overlooks before passing the old stone dam on their way back to the entrance.
Snake Hill to Cheat River via Creekside Trail: Watch your footing as you head down this 3.3-mile loop to the Cheat River. This steep descent is made more difficult with rough terrain and slick shorelines.
Snake Hill to Cheat River Trail: This 7.6-mile trail takes hikers along a gradual route down an old logging road toward the Cheat River.
Caution is strongly advised when approaching the overlooks as there are no guard rails. Visitors should be mindful that there are no public facilities available at Snake Hill and should plan their trip accordingly.
Download a Topographical Map from WVDNR or a Ski Map or Trails Guide and Map from the Coopers Rock Foundation before your next trip.
Snake Hill Road
Morgantown, West Virginia