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. 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

#3. 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

#4. 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

#5. 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

#6. 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

#7. Appalachian Trail: Weverton to Gathland State Park


This outing on South Mountain in western Maryland offers hikers superb views as a reward for a strenuous climb. It also includes an easy ridgetop trail segment, plus an unusual memorial.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Shenandoah River, WV - Hiking - 13.8 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. 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

#9. 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

#10. 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

#11. 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

#12. 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

#13. 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

#14. 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

#15. 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

#16. 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

#17. 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

#18. Cacapon River: Above Cacapon Bridge to Potomac River


This is a very popular canoeing stream, with good rapids and exquisite scenery. It’s often up in the winter; the snow-covered banks combine with the unusual rock formations for a wonderfully scenic ru…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Cold Stream, WV - Whitewater Paddling - 70 miles BestWhitewater Paddling Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Waterfalls of the New River & Greenbrier Valley Region


How’s this for an outdoor adventure destination: six wildlife management areas, four state forests, eight state parks, two national forests, one national recreation area, and the popular Greenbrier an…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Beckeley, WV - Waterfalls
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Dry Fork


This is an epic ride in the Canaan Valley region. You'll spin the length of Blackwater Canyon on an old railgrade, through several small towns, along the side of the Dry Fork River and up Red Run Can…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume VI: A Guide to Mountain Biking in West Virginia's Northern Highlands"
Thomas, WV - Mountain Biking - 35 miles
Published by Milestone Press