Cascade  LbNA # 8864

Placed DateJun 16 2004
LocationMasontown, WV
Found By Grapenuts
Last Found Jul 23 2009
Hike Distance?
Last EditedNov 17 2015


History: Deckers Creek rail-trail follows the roadbed of the old MK&T railroad that used to go from Morgantown to Kingwood to Tunnelton WV. The rail-trail only goes a little past Reedsville, but climbs 1800 ft in 19 miles. Like all "linear parks" there are several places to access the trail. The trail is crushed limestone and good walking or bicycling. There was once a coal mining town in the area where this box is located called Cascade. I guess nothing remains of that town any more.
Nearest Town: Masontown, WV
Rating: Easy, Approx. 1.2 miles on level Rail-Trail, or hard if you choose to ride up the trail from Morgantown.
Directions: The Masontown trailhead is not marked. As you come east into Masontown on RT-7, turn right at the Masontown fire/rescue station, just past the VFW. Drive down the hill and branch right to cross the bridge over the creek to the trailhead. From the trailhead go downstream past the 13 mile marker until you hear the sound of falling water. Locate the bench dedicated "In memory of Howard Pollitt". Have a nice rest from your walk or bike ride and enjoy the serene setting. When you are rested up, continue on down the trail 19 paces from the bench. This takes you past the large rock on the right to a small side trail also on the right. Take 5 paces in and, where this small trail turns left, look at the large rock on the right. In a crack below the lichens, covered by a 1 foot by 6 inch tan rock you will find your treasure. Go on down to the 12 mile marker to see a nice 8 foot waterfall. Read the disclaimer and be cautious.