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Hike 25: Devils Nose Canyon on Sleepy Creek Mountain


This hike (5.4 miles, 1200' ascent) follows along part of the Great Eastern Trail, which shares the tread with the Tuscarora Trail. Sometimes steep and rocky, the route descends the ridge to Devils Nose Canyon. Here, one finds large rhododendrons and hemlocks in contrast to the deciduous forest found on the ridge. The natural attractions of this area are matched by historical remains in the form of an 18th century filled-in millrace and 19th century coal mining sites. The trail crosses Meadow Branch stream via two footbridges funded by WVDOT trails funds and constructed by PATC. Hikers can visit Spruce Pine Hollow Shelter. Day hikers should plan ahead to arrange a shuttle back to parking or make this a challenging 10.8-mile out and back hike. Parking for the first trailhead is available at the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area (SCWMA) 3rd Hill Mountain parking area at 2825 Audubon Rd, Hedgesville, WV. Parking for the second trailhead is available at the Spruce Pine Hollow Roadside Park on WV-9. Established in the 1960s as an alternate route for the Appalachian Trail, the Tuscarora Trail is a 250-mile trail that passes through the Ridge and Valley Appalachians of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Learn more at: The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route. From the trailhead at the parking area, turn right onto the blue-blazed Tuscarora Trail. Turn right onto the white-blazed Devils Nose Connector and take a short to/from Devils Nose Overlook. Take a right onto the Tuscarora Trail, passing the Devils Nose Connector twice (first on right, later on left). Cross bridge and turn left at the road. Go left on Darby Lane, watching CAREFULLY for blue blazes on the right as the trail goes into the forest, where the road forks. Take a right to/from Spruce Pine Hollow Shelter. Return to the Tuscarora Trail and take a right. Stop at the Spruce Pine Hollow campsite to view ruins of an 18th century mill. Turn right onto Spruce Pine Hollow Trail immediately after the second bridge to the Spruce Pine Hollow State Park Trailhead at WV-9. Through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and protects a section of the Appalachian Trail, in addition to the Tuscarora and other nearby trails and trail lands, in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. Visit to learn more about our mission and find volunteer opportunities. PATC expressly disclaims responsibility for the condition or location of trails, features, or facilities shown on this map, or for occurrences on them, at any time whatsoever. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this map, but users are requested to report map corrections and trail information to This map was originally published as part of a printed guidebook, comprised of 70 numbered hikes, crafted for the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference.

Price: $ 0.99 USD

Vendor: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.

Category: Trails

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2015-July

Language: English

Size: 12.3 MB

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