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GPS Coordinates

38.582714, -80.937481

Location Description

The Duck Trailhead is located at Duck across the river from State Route 4 at the end of the Villanova Bridge in Clay County, near the Braxton County border. This trailhead was the first to open and still one of the most popular. If you travel a mile south after a fresh rain, you may be lucky enough to witness the Mermaid Lagoon waterfalls!

Parking & Features

There is ample parking on a gravel lot at the trailhead and at the DNR’s Duck Boat Launch adjoining the trail.

Directions From I-79

From I-79 exit 46 (Servia Road) Distance: 2.9 miles. Head southeast on Servia Road - 2.5 mi. Turn right onto WV-4 S - 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Villanova Ridge Rd - 0.1 mi. The trailhead and parking are at the end of the bridge on the right.

Next Upstream Trailhead (North)

3.2 mi - Strange Creek Trailhead

Next Downstream Trailhead (South)

11.9 mi - Ivydale Trailhead

Nearest Town

Clay or Gassaway

Amenities In Town & Nearby

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