Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Ascends the Great North Mountain on a footpath and follows the ridge along the Virginia/West Virginia state line.  This section of the Tuscarora Trail has several overlooks, highlighted by one at Terrapin Spring near the southern end, and the Paul Gerhard Shelter at the midpoint.  The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and manages the approximate 250 mile Tuscarora Trail that is located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The trail follows an extensive route that bypasses the Appalachian Trail by following mountain ridges to the west. It connects to the Appalachian Trail at both its northern and southern ends. This complete trail was originally built as separate trails—the Tuscarora Trail in the north and the Big Blue Trail in the south. The Tuscarora Trail departs to the west from the Appalachian Trail at the top of Blue Mountain about ten miles west of the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, PA., and rejoins the Appalachian Trail in the North District of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle RidingHorse Riding

At a Glance

Fees No fee
Open Season: Open Year Round
Closest Towns: Wardensville, WV - HARDY COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
Operated By: Lee Ranger District: (540) 984 - 4101
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #792.  It is recommended that all trail users carry a reliable map at all times.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

General Information


From I-81:  Take exit 296 and travel west on Highway 55 to Wardensville, WV.  Head south on Waites Run Road – CR 5/1.  In approximately 4.5 miles the road will turn to gravel.  Travel 2 more miles, cross a bridge over Waites Run, the Tuscarora Trail crosses on this bridge.  The Pond Run section is on the right side just before the bridge.  There are places to park along the road. 

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  8.60 miles
  • Blazes:  Blue
  • Trail Difficulty:  Difficult
  • Connecting Trails:  None
  • Elevation:  1550 - 2700 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
  • Trail Etiquette:  Trail etiquette for multiple use trails calls for horses to have the right-of-way.  Hikers should yield to horses.  Bicyclists should yield to horses and hikers.  Horse riders are responsible for the control of their horse at all times.

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