My buddy Annie Woodford took a bunch of kids up to Fenwick Mines near New Castle over the weekend and, fortunately for me, wrote about it on Facebook and included some fine photos.
That was enough to get me interested and today, I went looking for the little trail and its multi-level waterfall that looks like a perfect place to take a shower.
This is not one of the great hikes in Western Virginia, but it is a family-friendly spot where you can hike a couple of miles through woods and a swamp-like area (bugs at no extra cost) for a good hour, more if you want to swim. The water is cool, but today a little on the brown side because of heavy overnight rain.
Fenwick Mines is about six miles outside New Castle and is pretty easy to find, especially since it’s part of the Jefferson National Forest and signs are prominent.
The trail is cinder, flat, lined with timber. It has plenty of seats and overlooks along the way and it even has two fancy bathrooms (neither of which was open because of COVID).
It’s a worthwhile spot for a hike or picnic and the total distance from my house was 33 miles.