Best Trails of West Virginia

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#1. Big Schloss


In German, schloss means “castle.” In Virginia, schloss can only refer to one geologic wonder, a towering outcrop of sandstone on Mill Mountain. Big Schloss is a popular day trip from Wolf Gap Recreat…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Wardensville, WV - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 19.5 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Sleepy Creek WMA


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

#3. 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 t…
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 Guides

#4. Seneca Shadows


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

#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 - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 77 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. North Bend Rail-Trail


West Virginia’s showcase trail, the North Bend Rail Trail passes through spectacular wilderness settings and rural farmland, with several stops in small towns where artists fashion handblown glass.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Parkersburg, WV - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 70.1 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view allBestHorseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestHorseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestHorseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestHorseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Spruce Knob Lake


The highest campground in this book lies near the highest point in the state. Campers can enjoy the cool air of the high country at drive-up campsites or walk-in tent campsites. No matter where your…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Petersburg, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. Seneca Rocks Trail


Seneca Rocks Trail leads to a massive rock face rising almost a thousand feet above the Potomac River. The sandstone “fin” of Seneca Rocks soars high above the clear, fast flowing South Fork Branch of…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Seneca Rocks, WV - Hiking - 2.6 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. 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

#10. Coopers Rock State Forest


Camp in the impressive and historic high country near Morgantown, site of West Virginia University.…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Bruceton Mills, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Timberline Ski Resort


Based just two miles from Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Timberline surfaced about 20 years ago on old logging industry grounds with little more than a T-bar surface lift and limited snowmaking. At that ti…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Davis, WV - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Best Trail in WV - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. 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 - Hiking, Scenic Drives Best Trail in WV - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Trout Pond


Trout Pond is West Virginia’s only natural lake. Some man-made amenities add to the setting. Trout Pond Campground is situated on a mountain flat in a pretty dry forest of oak, hickory, dogwood, anda…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Lost City, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Bulltown


Bulltown is set in a historic locale yet features many modern recreational facilities.…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: West Virginia"
Burnsville, WV - Campgrounds Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. 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 Guides

#16. Tuscarora Trail (Northeast)


This hike follows a portion of the well-maintained Tuscarora Trail through Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. The trail crosses Pee Wee Point and then travels to Sleepy Creek Lake. The Tuscarora T…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Glengary, WV - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Greenbrier River Trail


The first 23 miles of the 77-mile trail are described here. The beautiful and scenic Greenbrier River is a constant companion for the entire length of the trail. The Greenbrier River Trail is the long…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Caldwell, WV - Hiking - 23.4 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. 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 Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Milestone Press

#19. 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 Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands and Appalachian Trail


In West Virginia’s Jefferson County, some 20 miles south of Harpers Ferry and 13 miles east of Charles Town, lies a remarkable private nature sanctuary that is dedicated to the preservation of the are…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Charles Town, WV - Hiking - 8.9 miles Best Trail in WV - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press