This trail is primarily an equestrian trail though it is also open to mountain biking and hiking. Please expect and be respectful of other users. After the ride, the B & J service station in Newport has a decent selection of beer. Just down the road is The Jug dairy bar along the Ohio River offering ice cream and all the deep fried food you could dream of or just across the bridge in St. Marys, WV Station Pizza delivers up some killer pies!
The Paw Paw Trail connects from the lower end of the Kinderhook Short Loop
near the Dana's Run Trailhead to the top of the ridge. Going up, the trail is steep but rideable in most areas.
The trail has a packed gravel base that makes the climbing a little easier and less technical. As you near the top, it gets steeper and only the very strongest riders will be able to make it. Including the approach from the parking area, it's nearly 500 vertical feet to the top, making this one of the largest climbs/descents in the area.
At the top of the ridge, you'll connect with the Campfire Trail
. Follow the Campfire Trail
to connect with the Council Trail
(a short loop trail) or to descend either side of the Kinderhook Short Loop
back to the Kinderhook Trailhead. The Paw Paw Trail is more fun going down than up but is still the easiest way to the top of the ridge from the Kinderhook Trailhead on Dana's Run. Enjoy!