Best Backpacking in West Virginia

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

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#1. Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, and Charles Town, WV


Today visitors enjoy driving through the quiet, country town of Shepherdstown to sense the presence of its history, especially in the downtown area, which has been designated a historical district on…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Charles Town, WV - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Wheeling and Moundsville, West Virginia


Wheeling, West Virginia, has a little bit of everything: gambling, culture, sports activities, shopping, and more. It calls itself the Friendly City—as opposed to Rude Town, which could be any number…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Columbus"
Wheeling, WV - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Hello, Dolly Sods!


Dolly Sods’s tundra-like environment of heaths, meadows, and scattered copses of red spruce is unlike any other in the Mid-Atlantic. Many observers remark that the landscape suggests Canada or even Al…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Petersburg, WV - Backpacking, Hiking - 24.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Wild, Wonderful...and Wet: Otter Creek


Winding through its pristine Wilderness, Otter Creek is an enchanting walk at any time of year. With its cascading waterfalls, inviting swimming holes, and hidden vistas, you’re more likely to find yo…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Seneca Rocks, WV - Backpacking, Hiking - 16 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. (Don't) Get Lost!


High above the eastern seaboard, West Virginia’s Roaring Plains offer you view after view of the mountainous horizon as you follow cairns along the rugged and rocky canyon rim. An ideal summer trip; c…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Petersburg, WV - Backpacking, Hiking - 13.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Carrying Water


If you study a topographic map of West Virginia’s most popular hiking regions, you’re bound to notice North Fork Mountain’s long, straight ridgeline driving like a dagger through many of the region’s…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Seneca Rocks, WV - Backpacking, Hiking - 23.5 miles one way
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. King in His Castle


Perched atop the dramatic sandstone cliffs of Big Schloss, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Trout Run Valley and the mountains guarding the border between Virginia and West Virginia. Named by German imm…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Wardensville, WV - Backpacking, Hiking - 27 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books