The warrior trail is a path used for 5,000 years by Native Americans and now used by hiking and backpacking enthusiasts. The original route was used as a commerce trail going from the Monongahela River to Flint Ridge near Zanesville, OH to acquire flint, trade, and to conference. At Flint Ridge, the travelers would collect stones that they would later carve into arrowheads and tools. One end of the trail starts at the Monongahela River at Greensboro, PA and reaches the mouth of Fish Creek at the confluence of the Ohio River just south of Moundsville, WV. The total trail mileage is 67 miles, with West Virginia boasting 22 miles while Pennsylvania captures most of the mileage with 45 miles. The trail crosses Greene County, PA and Marshall County, WV in an east-west direction and about 6 miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The trail follows the ridgeline between the Whiteley and Dunkard Creeks in Pennsylvania and the ridges between Wheeling and Fish Creeks in West Virginia. Miraculously the trail does not cross any body of water staying atop of the ridges, taking advantage of the contours created by the watersheds.
Evidence of this path includes old maps, historical accounts, and a 2-3-foot-deep rut worn into the soil by Nettle Hill, PA. The trail provides excellent scenic vistas of the countryside and pastoral farmland. This trail is unique to the region and reminiscent of a more European countryside path than an eastern American forest trail. The trail is predominantly on private property so please respect the rights of the landowners. Leave-no-trace ethics are encouraged, therefore, leaving only footprints. Volunteers from the Warrior Trail Association have been working very hard to maintain the cooperation between landowners and trail users. Along the trail in Pennsylvania there are three Adirondack shelters that provides some protection from the elements. The camping shelters can be found at mile marker 11.5, 24, and 35.5 and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Much of the trail in WV is located alongside the roadway and dotted with yellow blazes marking the trail, as well as both sides of any road crossing.
For more information please call the Greater Moundsville CVB at (304) 810 -4435. To acquire a trail guide, contact Warrior Trail Association, P.O. Box 103, Waynesburg, PA 15370. The Warrior Trail Association has a meeting and covered-dish dinner at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of most months at its schoolhouse headquarter in Fordyce, near Waynesburg, PA. The group also holds regular trail maintenance outings.