Campground
Dave V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2020

Easy Access, Great River Location

GREENBRIER RIVER TRAIL MILE POST 9.5 PRIMITIVE CAMPSITE, KEISTER, WV

Greenbrier River Trail Primitive Campsite at Mile Post 9.5 is close enough to North Caldwell, WV…the GBT Southern Terminus…that you could make a quick journey north from the parking area for an exceptional night of camping.

Traveling West Virginia's Greenbrier River Trail from it's Northern Terminus at Cass Railroad, Stumptown to it's Southern Terminus in North Caldwell has created a thirst that can only be slaked by multiple future returns. What a fantastic trail!

The Shelter is so new its not even noted on any but the newest Trail Map. It appears that individuals or families have either constructed or donated for the construction of both shelters and several protected bench areas. The Dale McCutcheon Shelter was so clean and comfortable, it's hard to call this primitive camping. Note: All campsites on the Greenbrier River Trail are first come-first served…no reservations. Backstory on McCutcheon Shelter: https://www.wvnstv.com/news/west-virginia-news/greenbrier-county/new-shelters-built-along-greenbrier-river-trail/

PROS:

  • Adirondock Style Shelter (New)
  • Raised Tent pads
  • Picnic Tables
  • Metal Fire Rings
  • Large, clean Pit Latrine
  • Hand pump well water
  • Metal Bear Proof Trash Receptacle
  • Free
  • No Cell Service
  • Great Swimming Rock Trail South

CONS:

  • No Cell Service
  • Hand pump well water was inoperable during our late June 2020 visit

NEARBY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Greenbrier Resort
  • The Wild Bean - Lewisburg (restaurant)
  • Seneca Forest/State Park
  • Snowshoe Mountain Resort
  • Cass Railroad
  • Spruce Knob
  • Seneca Rocks

In late June 2020, weather along The Greenbrier River Trail was cooler, with late afternoon/early evening rain showers. Only the last day did we enjoy warmer weather with blue skies. Which made the allure of a nearby swimming rock a great temptation. Several mall cascades lined the West side of the trail, which is ordinarily the side cut from the mountain for the railway. 

With a few short miles until the journey ends at the Southern Terminus…we slowed our paced and stopped more frequently to enjoy all the sights and sounds.  

Trail conditions got soft and muddy after the previous night's deluge through the more heavily wooded areas, once the trail was exposed to constant sun, it dried quickly. Blow-down did slow us down a few times. Interesting note: This campsite area is a relocation of one destroyed by the heavy rains and buried by landslide of 2016. The Greenbrier Trail itself travels between the Greenbrier River and was, in many places, hewn from the mountainside. It is these areas where heavy rains soften the soil and old growth trees dislodge and cause trail blockages and/or mudslides. Oftentimes, when bicycling, one keeps his eyes forward to the trail/road in front of them…but if you gaze around you on this trail…there is much to see all around and often above!

Overall, it is a must-do…and I can't wait to ride the Greenbrier River Trail again!

  • Blowdown was common but cleared by State Park employees very quickly.
  • Varying trail conditions made it enjoyable
  • A lightly traveled area sees grass growing on gravel
  • Pace setter for the adventure
  • Warmer temperatures saw us shed fleece and wool and look longingly at the enticing Greenbrier River
  • Perfectly placed picnic table for a morning snack stop
  • Two-wheel Pack Mules handled their trail easily
  • Sadly, this hand pump was out of order during our late June 2020 visit...always bring a water filter and draw from the nearby river.
  • Nice new, clean, spacious, well-stocked pit Latrine
  • Adirondack style shelter riverside
  • The McCutcheon family takes great pride in the condition and cleanliness of this shelter
  • Personal touches make each shelter homey
  • Maps, a brush hanging...super clean
  • Picnic table and metal fire ring with grill great
  • Dryer trails, open river views
  • One of several Trailside cascades
  • Stop here and scramble down the rocky trail to a perfect swimming rock
  • Great swimming rock
  • If it was just a tad warmer...we’d be in the water rather than looking at it!
  • Greenbrier River Trail Southern Terminus, North Caldwell, WV
  • This wonderful adventure ends...until next time!
  • These repair stations are commonplace on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP) across PA, so it was exciting to see one here. Hoping they’ll find their way all along the trail. Multiple necessary tools and a tire pump. You hang your bike on the upper arms while you work.
  • That’s how new this workstation is...no rust!
  • Nearby Wild Bean restaurant in Lewisburg...a must stop!
  • Guaczilla at the Wild Bean...unbelievable food and service!
  • Thumper and Bambi concocting a plan to take out unsuspecting bikepackers
SiteMile Post 9.5 The Dale McCutcheon Shelter