Best Trails of West Virginia

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#1. Dolly Sods Wilderness


Make this loop in the renowned Dolly Sods Wilderness. This slice of the Monongahela has nearly everything: rocky vistas, open glades resembling the western United States, thick spruce, northern hardwo…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Laneville, WV - Hiking - 2.4 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#2. 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

#3. Lower Otter Creek Wilderness


This loop takes you through classic Appalachian mountain country. First, hike and camp on a mountain stream—Otter Creek—where clear waters crash over boulders, rest briefly in pools where secretive tr…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Hambleton, WV - Hiking - 3.2 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. Seneca Creek–High Meadows


This loop traverses some of the most spectacular scenery in the Seneca Creek Backcountry. First, walk down Seneca Creek, with its meadows, waterfalls, and trout fishing opportunities, to stay at Judy…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Spruce Knob, WV - Hiking - 3.2 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. 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

#6. 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

#7. 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

#8. 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

#9. Canaan Backcountry


This loop takes place atop the high-elevation plateau of Canaan Mountain, in the 13,532-acre Canaan Mountain Backcountry. The elevations here range from 3,100 feet to 4,145 feet. This high country mor…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Davis, WV - Hiking - 2.4 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. 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

#11. 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

#12. 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

#13. Cranberry Backcountry


This loop rambles through the Monongahela’s historic Cranberry Backcountry, a primitive area that campers and hikers have enjoyed since the inception of the national forest. Start by winding along the…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Williams River, WV - Hiking - 5 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. 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

#15. Chimney Top


This is one of the best and most interesting day hikes in West Virginia. Pass by an old homesite, and while on your way to great views, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see a peregrine falcon, which ne…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Petersburg, WV - Hiking - 5.8 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Camp Five Run Loop


This loop is a feast for the eyes nearly every step of the way as it passes through the Laurel Fork South Wilderness. Leave the ridge of Middle Mountain and drop down along Camp Five Run. There are nu…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Wildell, WV - Hiking - 6.3 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Big Run–Leading Ridge


This loop traverses the lesser-used west side of the Seneca Creek Backcountry. Though this area rivals the eastern side of the hiking area in overall beauty, the crowds stay away from here because it…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Allegheny Mountain, WV - Hiking - 1.9 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#18. Blackbird Knob


This hike passes through the Dolly Sods Scenic Area, which adjoins the Dolly Sods Wilderness. This whole plateau of spruce forests, rock outcrops, clear streams, and open fields is the Monongahela’s t…
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest"
Cabin Mountain, WV - Hiking - 4.6 miles    Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. 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

#20. 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