Best Birding in West Virginia

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

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#1. Glade Creek Trail


Tucked away in one of the quietest and most pristine corners of the New River Gorge, this remote trail follows a crystal-clear, trout-filled stream past silvery waterfalls, rhododendron thickets, and…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Beckley, WV - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 5.6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Southside-Brooklyn Trail


Traveling high above the crashing rapids of the New River, this popular, leafy trail offers fantastic views at every turn. The rails and ties that still line the old rail bed (making for a bumpy bike…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Thurmond, WV - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. West Fork Trail


This isolated woodland trail visits small farms and remote mountain forests along the West Fork Greenbrier River. Great swimming and fishing may be enjoyed along its entire length. Surface: Original…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Glady, WV - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 25.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Thurmond-Minden Trail


Tunneling through thickets of rhododendron, this gently climbing trail above Dunloup Creek, the New River, and Arbuckle Creek crosses five trestles. Several overlooks provide breathtaking scenes of th…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Thurmond, WV - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 3.4 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Limerock Trail


Gradually descending from the rim to the bottom of Blackwater Canyon, with spectacular views unfolding at every turn, this old railroad grade explores an extremely remote, rugged, breathtaking mountai…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Thomas, WV - Birding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 4.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press