Best Trails of West Virginia

This list represents the most popular trails in West Virginia. Use this list to plan your next West Virginia outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Sleepy Creek WMA

    3 Reviews

    Hedgesville, WV

    This is the best in tent camping in West Virginia’s far east.
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    This is the best in tent camping in West Virginia’s far east.

  • #2 Big Schloss

    13 Reviews

    Wardensville, WV

    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 ...
    •  12 hours
    •  19.5 miles
    •  Guide

    In German, schloss means “castle.” In Virginia, schloss can only refer to one geologic wonder, a towering outcrop of sandstone ...

  • #3 Appalachian Trail to Loudon Heights Trail Loop

    8 Reviews

    Harpers Ferry, WV

    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 ...
    •  12.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike passes through three states and the town of Harpers Ferry, providing river hiking, ridge crest hiking, and great ...

  • #4 Seneca Shadows

    4 Reviews

    Petersburg, WV

    The walk-in tent sites here have a majestic view of Seneca Rocks.
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    The walk-in tent sites here have a majestic view of Seneca Rocks.

  • #5 North Bend Rail-Trail

    5 Reviews

    Parkersburg, WV

    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 ...
    •  70.1 miles
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    West Virginia’s showcase trail, the North Bend Rail Trail passes through spectacular wilderness settings and rural farmland, ...

  • #6 Greenbrier River Trail

    12 Reviews

    WV

    Greenbrier River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Greenbrier County and Pocahontas County, West Virginia. It is 77.1 miles long and begins at 2,434 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  77.1 miles

    Greenbrier River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Greenbrier County and Pocahontas County, West Virginia. It is 77.1 ...

  • #7 Seneca Rocks Trail

    6 Reviews

    Seneca Rocks, WV

    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 ...
    •  2.6 miles
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    Seneca Rocks Trail leads to a massive rock face rising almost a thousand feet above the Potomac River. The sandstone “fin” ...

  • #8 Spruce Knob Lake

    2 Reviews

    Petersburg, WV

    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 ...
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    The highest campground in this book lies near the highest point in the state. Campers can enjoy the cool air of the high ...

  • #9 Waterfalls of the Potomac Highlands Region

    2 Reviews

    Parsons, WV

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (16 total)
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    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 ...

  • #10 Coopers Rock State Forest

    1 Reviews

    Bruceton Mills, WV

    Camp in the impressive and historic high country near Morgantown, site of West Virginia University.
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    Camp in the impressive and historic high country near Morgantown, site of West Virginia University.

  • #11 Timberline Ski Resort

    0 Reviews

    Davis, WV

    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 ...
    •  Difficulty
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    Based just two miles from Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Timberline surfaced about 20 years ago on old logging industry grounds ...

  • #12 Trout Pond

    0 Reviews

    Lost City, WV

    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, ...
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    Trout Pond is West Virginia’s only natural lake. Some man-made amenities add to the setting. Trout Pond Campground is situated ...

  • #13 Spruce Knob Summit

    2 Reviews

    Harman, WV

    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 ...
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    A “must hike” trail! The summit ridge of Spruce Mountain is a hiker’s delight. With more than 60 miles of trails through ...

  • #14 Bulltown

    1 Reviews

    Burnsville, WV

    Bulltown is set in a historic locale yet features many modern recreational facilities.
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    Bulltown is set in a historic locale yet features many modern recreational facilities.

  • #15 Canaan Valley Loop: Through the State's Highest Valley

    2 Reviews

    Thomas, WV

    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 ...
    •  45 miles
    •  Guide

    A 45-mile loop drive in the Monongahela National Forest through the mountains and wetlands of Canaan Valley, the highest ...

  • #16 Blackwater Canyon

    3 Reviews

    Thomas, WV

    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. ...
    •  2.5 hours for intermediate riders
    •  20.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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. ...

  • #17 Coal River: Whitesville to the Kanawha River

    2 Reviews

    Whitesville, WV

    Marsh Fork and Clear Fork combine just above Whitesville to form the Coal River. After merging, the gradient slacks considerably. The water is Class 1 with fair current and some tricky eddies, ...
    •  3 sections range from
    •  54.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Marsh Fork and Clear Fork combine just above Whitesville to form the Coal River. After merging, the gradient slacks considerably. ...

  • #18 Army Camp

    1 Reviews

    Glen Jean, WV

    The water, land, and history of the New River Gorge await you. A name like Army Camp leads you to believe this location has been camped on for some time. During World War II, the Army Corps of ...
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    The water, land, and history of the New River Gorge await you. A name like Army Camp leads you to believe this location has ...

  • #19 Big Bend

    0 Reviews

    Petersburg, WV

    Camp down in the canyon of the Smoke Hole.
    •  Guide

    Camp down in the canyon of the Smoke Hole.

  • #20 Cranberry River

    0 Reviews

    Richwood, WV

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    A marvelous example of how a once-sterile stream can be restored to a prominent trout fishery. And what a river it is. Rising ...