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Across West Virginia

2020 Camino Guides

Dave

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Norte/Primitivo 2019
I'm writing this from home in Portland, Oregon. I pushed on for a while, but eventually it became clear that continuing to walk was irresponsible. I'm settling into quarantine and looking forward to some found time for writing and reading.

Before I shut things down, I made it nearly through the full length of West Virginia. I continued to be blessed with unseasonably good weather. This section features the highest-elevation crossing east of the Rockies--around 1500m/4500' through the Dolly Sods wilderness area--so a mid-March passage is ambitious. Lots of through-hikers run into trouble here. Instead, I camped comfortably at ~3700' and then had pristine blue skies for my crossing.

I would love to walk through Dolly Sods in June, when colors are bursting. The ADT is mostly on footpaths and dirt roads through the Dolly Sods region, then into the Canaan Valley, which has a ski resort in the winter. It goes through two state park lodges in quick succession and then loops past the Blackwater Falls, which are pretty spectacular. Despite the clear weather, in March the trails were still quite boggy, making for tricky walking.

The western portion of the ADT through West Virginia follows the North Bend Rail Trail. It's unpaved and grassy, making for easy, comfortable walking, with occasional free camping spots. Outside of those stretches, there's a lot of pavement, but it's almost entirely on minor roads that weave through non-stop hills.

West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the US and there is a lot of economic difficulty on display. It's clear that some towns along the way are genuinely distressed, with few economic opportunities and some persistent drug problems. At the same time, though, I saw some of the most resilient and close-knit communities that I've seen in any of the places that I've walked through.

Here are my posts and pics from each day of this section:
  • 9-10 March - The last bit of the C&O, then the first chunk of WV - Post / Pics
  • 11-12 March - Dolly Sods - Post / Pics
  • 13-15 March - The coronavirus gets real - Post / Pics
  • 16 March - One last burst of denial - Post / Pics
  • 17 March - El Fin - Post
And here's the West Virginia episode of my Sea to Shining Sea podcast.

Anyway, here's hoping that we all get a handle on things and I can make it back out to the trail in the weeks ahead. We'll see!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Can’t hear West Virginia without prefix: Almost heaven...
Thanks for your post. Hopefully you will be able to continue before too long.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I'm writing this from home in Portland, Oregon. I pushed on for a while, but eventually it became clear that continuing to walk was irresponsible. I'm settling into quarantine and looking forward to some found time for writing and reading.

Before I shut things down, I made it nearly through the full length of West Virginia. I continued to be blessed with unseasonably good weather. This section features the highest-elevation crossing east of the Rockies--around 1500m/4500' through the Dolly Sods wilderness area--so a mid-March passage is ambitious. Lots of through-hikers run into trouble here. Instead, I camped comfortably at ~3700' and then had pristine blue skies for my crossing.

I would love to walk through Dolly Sods in June, when colors are bursting. The ADT is mostly on footpaths and dirt roads through the Dolly Sods region, then into the Canaan Valley, which has a ski resort in the winter. It goes through two state park lodges in quick succession and then loops past the Blackwater Falls, which are pretty spectacular. Despite the clear weather, in March the trails were still quite boggy, making for tricky walking.

The western portion of the ADT through West Virginia follows the North Bend Rail Trail. It's unpaved and grassy, making for easy, comfortable walking, with occasional free camping spots. Outside of those stretches, there's a lot of pavement, but it's almost entirely on minor roads that weave through non-stop hills.

West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the US and there is a lot of economic difficulty on display. It's clear that some towns along the way are genuinely distressed, with few economic opportunities and some persistent drug problems. At the same time, though, I saw some of the most resilient and close-knit communities that I've seen in any of the places that I've walked through.

Here are my posts and pics from each day of this section:
  • 9-10 March - The last bit of the C&O, then the first chunk of WV - Post / Pics
  • 11-12 March - Dolly Sods - Post / Pics
  • 13-15 March - The coronavirus gets real - Post / Pics
  • 16 March - One last burst of denial - Post / Pics
  • 17 March - El Fin - Post
And here's the West Virginia episode of my Sea to Shining Sea podcast.

Anyway, here's hoping that we all get a handle on things and I can make it back out to the trail in the weeks ahead. We'll see!
I'm sorry to hear your looong walk has come to an early end. Hopefully you will be able to go forward from where you left off sooner rather than later. Stay safe and "virus free" in the mean time.
 

DanielH

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2015 (SJPP to Burgos)
September 2016 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
May 2017 (Villafranca del Bierzo to Santiago de Compostela)
I'm writing this from home in Portland, Oregon. I pushed on for a while, but eventually it became clear that continuing to walk was irresponsible. I'm settling into quarantine and looking forward to some found time for writing and reading.

Before I shut things down, I made it nearly through the full length of West Virginia. I continued to be blessed with unseasonably good weather. This section features the highest-elevation crossing east of the Rockies--around 1500m/4500' through the Dolly Sods wilderness area--so a mid-March passage is ambitious. Lots of through-hikers run into trouble here. Instead, I camped comfortably at ~3700' and then had pristine blue skies for my crossing.

I would love to walk through Dolly Sods in June, when colors are bursting. The ADT is mostly on footpaths and dirt roads through the Dolly Sods region, then into the Canaan Valley, which has a ski resort in the winter. It goes through two state park lodges in quick succession and then loops past the Blackwater Falls, which are pretty spectacular. Despite the clear weather, in March the trails were still quite boggy, making for tricky walking.

The western portion of the ADT through West Virginia follows the North Bend Rail Trail. It's unpaved and grassy, making for easy, comfortable walking, with occasional free camping spots. Outside of those stretches, there's a lot of pavement, but it's almost entirely on minor roads that weave through non-stop hills.

West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the US and there is a lot of economic difficulty on display. It's clear that some towns along the way are genuinely distressed, with few economic opportunities and some persistent drug problems. At the same time, though, I saw some of the most resilient and close-knit communities that I've seen in any of the places that I've walked through.

Here are my posts and pics from each day of this section:
  • 9-10 March - The last bit of the C&O, then the first chunk of WV - Post / Pics
  • 11-12 March - Dolly Sods - Post / Pics
  • 13-15 March - The coronavirus gets real - Post / Pics
  • 16 March - One last burst of denial - Post / Pics
  • 17 March - El Fin - Post
And here's the West Virginia episode of my Sea to Shining Sea podcast.

Anyway, here's hoping that we all get a handle on things and I can make it back out to the trail in the weeks ahead. We'll see!
Great summations on each leg of the journey. I really enjoyed reading your posts!
 

evanscl

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2016
I'm writing this from home in Portland, Oregon. I pushed on for a while, but eventually it became clear that continuing to walk was irresponsible. I'm settling into quarantine and looking forward to some found time for writing and reading.

Before I shut things down, I made it nearly through the full length of West Virginia. I continued to be blessed with unseasonably good weather. This section features the highest-elevation crossing east of the Rockies--around 1500m/4500' through the Dolly Sods wilderness area--so a mid-March passage is ambitious. Lots of through-hikers run into trouble here. Instead, I camped comfortably at ~3700' and then had pristine blue skies for my crossing.

I would love to walk through Dolly Sods in June, when colors are bursting. The ADT is mostly on footpaths and dirt roads through the Dolly Sods region, then into the Canaan Valley, which has a ski resort in the winter. It goes through two state park lodges in quick succession and then loops past the Blackwater Falls, which are pretty spectacular. Despite the clear weather, in March the trails were still quite boggy, making for tricky walking.

The western portion of the ADT through West Virginia follows the North Bend Rail Trail. It's unpaved and grassy, making for easy, comfortable walking, with occasional free camping spots. Outside of those stretches, there's a lot of pavement, but it's almost entirely on minor roads that weave through non-stop hills.

West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the US and there is a lot of economic difficulty on display. It's clear that some towns along the way are genuinely distressed, with few economic opportunities and some persistent drug problems. At the same time, though, I saw some of the most resilient and close-knit communities that I've seen in any of the places that I've walked through.

Here are my posts and pics from each day of this section:
  • 9-10 March - The last bit of the C&O, then the first chunk of WV - Post / Pics
  • 11-12 March - Dolly Sods - Post / Pics
  • 13-15 March - The coronavirus gets real - Post / Pics
  • 16 March - One last burst of denial - Post / Pics
  • 17 March - El Fin - Post
And here's the West Virginia episode of my Sea to Shining Sea podcast.

Anyway, here's hoping that we all get a handle on things and I can make it back out to the trail in the weeks ahead. We'll see!
It sounds wonderful, i presume thats ‘waltons’ country, which i loved as a teenager and i have always wanted to see it for myself.
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Camino Frances summer 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
The ADT looks really interesting, hopefully, you can continue soon!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
I've enjoyed following your posts. Glad you are home safe and sound, may you continue to be well.
And prayers that you can continue your trek in good time.
 

Airdog

SusanH
Camino(s) past & future
September (2019) Camino Frances
October (2019) Muxia & Finisterre
Wow - great writing - thank you for an enjoyable hour - completed the WV blog and read a few Camiño ones! Hoping you (all of us) return to great walks/Camino’s soon~
 

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