Best Trails of West Virginia

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#1. Appalachian Trail to Loudon Heights Trail Loop


This hike passes through three states and the town of Harpers Ferry, providing river hiking, ridge crest hiking, and great views. The Appalachian Trail extends from Georgia to Maine. This section of…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Harpers Ferry, WV - Hiking - 12.1 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#2. C&O Canal National Historic Park


This ride's general location is between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland, along the Potomac River. Scenery includes splendid views of the wide Potomac River, forests, and moun…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Georgetown, VA - Mountain Biking - 185 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#3. Sleepy Creek WMA


This is the best in tent camping in West Virginia’s far east.…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Hedgesville, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to Blackburn Trail Center


Following mostly along the ridge crest, this hike offers a number of excellent views of the Shenandoah Valley as it bounces up and down over often rocky terrain. The rocky footing and steep climbs ma…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Virginias"
Hillsboro, VA - Hiking - 6.5 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#5. Greenbrier River Trail


The queen of West Virginia’s rail-trails, and one of the longest and most scenic in the country, the Greenbrier River Trail parallels the rapid-filled Greenbrier River in a landscape punctuated by tal…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Cass, WV - Rail-Trails - 77 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view allBestRail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Spruce Knob Summit


A “must hike” trail! The summit ridge of Spruce Mountain is a hiker’s delight. With more than 60 miles of trails through beautiful northern hardwood forests, it’s easy to understand why Seneca Creek B…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Harman, WV - Hiking - 11 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. North Fork Mountain Trail


The North Fork Mountain Trail is an excellent two- to three-day backpack, offering some of the most scenic vistas in the entire state. The major drawback to this trail is a lack of water along the cre…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Franklin, WV - Hiking - 23.8 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Seneca Shadows


The walk-in tent sites here have a majestic view of Seneca Rocks.…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Petersburg, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#9. Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to VA 605


This 6.8-mile stretch of the AT seesaws in and out of a succession of hollows and over numerous side ridges as it crosses through an area once dominated by Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby. Duri…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Virginias"
Bluemont, VA - Hiking - 6.8 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#10. Spruce Knob Lake


The highest campground in this book lies near the highest point in the state.…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Petersburg, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Sods Circuit


This is a highly recommended hike encompassing the best of what this wilderness has to offer. The trail hikes along the cascading Red Creek and Stonecoal Run and travels through the wonderfully scenic…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Laneville, WV - Hiking - 15.4 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Trout Pond


Trout Pond is West Virginia’s only natural lake. Some man-made amenities add to the setting.…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Lost City, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#13. Potomac River, North Branch


Destined to be one of the best tailwater fisheries in the country and less than three hours from Washington, D.C. I knew I’d seen this river before. It’s faintly chalky lime green color matches the So…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Bloomington, MD - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Cranberry River


A marvelous example of how a once-sterile stream can be restored to a prominent trout fishery. And what a river it is. Rising in the Cranberry Glades between Black Mountain and Blue Knob, the river fl…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Richwood, WV - Fly-Fishing Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Big Bend


Camp down in the canyon of the Smoke Hole.…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Petersburg, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Blackwater Canyon


There are several options on this scenic ride. You can start in Thomas or in Hendricks and do the ride as an out-and-back. It depends on whether you want to finish the ride climbing or descending.…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume VI: A Guide to Mountain Biking in West Virginia's Northern Highlands"
Thomas, WV - Mountain Biking - 20.4 miles   
Published by Milestone Press

#17. Snowshoe - Silver Creek Ski Resort


Decades after the last logging outfits left behind the highlands of Pocahontas County’s Cheat Mountain, Snowshoe was conceived when Dr. Thomas Brigham and his crew examined these snow-filled mountaint…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Snowshoe, WV - Ski Resorts BestSki Resorts Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#18. Coopers Rock State Forest


Camp in the impressive and historic high country near Morgantown, site of West Virginia University.…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Bruceton Mills, WV - Campgrounds
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Waterfalls of the Potomac Highlands Region


You don’t need to know much about West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands. Just show up and the region teaches you. There’s a scenic view around the corner, a trout stream down that road, a ski trail a few…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Parsons, WV - Waterfalls
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Canaan Valley Loop: Through the State's Highest Valley


A 45-mile loop drive in the Monongahela National Forest through the mountains and wetlands of Canaan Valley, the highest valley of its size east of the Rockies. Canaan (pronounced Ka NEEN) Valley is t…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Thomas, WV - Scenic Drives - 45 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing