Poor House Park, Berkely County, Martinsburg


Directions:
1.  Proceed to Martinsburg, WV on I-81, Exit 13, then
2.  Turn west onto Tuscarora Pike and drive for about three miles, then
3.  Turn left onto Poorhouse Road (County Highway 45/8) and drive for about one mile, then
4.  Look for the Berkely County Poorhouse Farm compound on your left (the fist thing you'll see are the horse show buildings), then
5.  Proceed up the driveway and park off on your right in the grass overlooking the soccer fields.

Trail Information: There is a delightful set of hilly trails in this park that are not initially apparent.  They are up and over the set of hills to your EAST (North Mountain is on your west), but well worth the effort to find.  Consider a warm-up by running the periphery of the park, making your way to the EAST side of the park to find the trail system.  There is usually some staff about you can ask.  There are about five miles of easily runnable mowed grassy trails with lots of interconnecting loops; make your run as long as you like. 

Miscellaneous Information: Be ready for some serious hills (well, after all, this IS West Virginia).  This is a nicely maintained park, one of the best kept secrets in the Eastern Panhandle and a credit to the County of Berkely.  The trails cut through some old fields that are reverting to hardwood forest.  Apart from me and some dog people, you'll have it to yourself most days, a sweet contemplative running experience.

There are deer hunters on the adjacent properties, so wear bright colors in the Fall.

Exit 13 on I-81 has lots of places you can pop into afterward for a recovery snack.

Michael S. Arant