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Hiking Trails

Chief Logan State Park offers a variety of trails to walk, stroll or hike.  Some are easy and some are a challenge, just as Backbone or Wild Turkey trails.

BACKBONE TRAIL

Distance: 3 miles. Walking time: 2 hours. Rating: Moderate.
The starting point is near the park office.

BUFFALO TRAIL

Distance: 2.2 miles. Walking time: 1 hour. Rating: Moderate.
The starting point is across from shelter 1. The trail has a short but very steep climb.

CLIFFSIDE TRAIL

Distance: 1.1 miles. Walking time: 45 minutes. Rating: Easy.
The starting point is near the park office. The trail begins with a short climb and levels off.

COAL MINE TRAIL

Distance: 1 miles. Walking time: 45 minutes. Rating: Moderate.
This trail starts in the campground behind campsite 2. The trail follows amine tram road passing old mine openings and a tipple site. Because of steep drops children should not take this trail unsupervised.

FITNESS TRAIL

Distance: 1 mile. Walking time: 45 minutes. Rating: Easy.
The starting point for this trail is across from the multipurpose building and
has a series of exercise stations along it.

GUYANDOTTE BEAUTY TRAIL

Distance: 1.1 miles. Walking time: 1 hour. Rating: Difficult.
The starting point is at the head of Mud Lick Hollow. On this trail you may see the endangered wildflower species the Guyandotte beauty blooming in May. Abandoned coal mines also may be seen.

LAKE SHORE TRAIL

Distance: 1.1 miles. Walking time: 45 minutes. Rating: Easy.
The starting point is at the lower end of the lake. Many spring wildflowers
may be seen along the trail.

SHAWNEE TRAIL

Distance: .5 miles. Walking time: 30 minutes. Rating: Easy.
The starting point for this trail is at the amphitheater. It is a great location
for viewing spring wildflowers.

WATERFALL TRAIL

Distance: .75 miles. Walking time: 45 minutes. Rating: Moderate.
This trail begins at the first bridge on the left above the park office and makes a loop. In the rainy season, it is possible to see a small natural waterfall.

WILDERNESS TRAIL

Distance: 6 miles. Walking time: 3 hours. Rating: Moderate.
The Wilderness Trail begins at the campground. It is mostly easy walking, but due to the length of this trail it is considered moderate.

WILD TURKEY TRAIL

Distance: 1.3 miles. Walking time: 40 minutes (one direction). Rating: Moderate.
This trail follows an old timber road and intersects with the Wilderness Trail. The trail begins between campsites 16 and 17 and ends at the water tank near the conference center. Funding to construct this trail was donated by the National Wild Turkey Federation.

WOODPECKER TRAIL

Distance: 2.3 miles. Walking time: 1.5 hours. Rating: Easy.
The starting point is at the first parking area on the right after passing the
park office. This is a trail where many spring wildflowers may be seen.

HIKING NOTES

  • Hike with a friend, relative or on planned hikes provided by the park. It’s more fun and a lot safer than hiking alone. Always let someone know where you plan to go. Feel free to stop at the offi ce and leave your plans with us.
  • Please stay on marked trails because numerous unmarked cliff edges exist within the park boundary that may have dangerous sudden and steep drops.
  • Trail ratings provided are for an average person. They may not fit your exact requirements or abilities. Ratings and descriptions serve as guidelines only.

Please remember, “Leave no trace.” 

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