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.

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

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    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 ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Today visitors enjoy driving through the quiet, country town of Shepherdstown to sense the presence of its history, especially ...

  • #2 King in His Castle

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    Wardensville, WV

    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 ...
    •  2-4 days
    •  27 miles
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    Perched atop the dramatic sandstone cliffs of Big Schloss, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Trout Run Valley and the mountains ...

  • #3 Hello, Dolly Sods!

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    Petersburg, WV

    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 ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  24.6 miles
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    Dolly Sods’s tundra-like environment of heaths, meadows, and scattered copses of red spruce is unlike any other in the Mid-Atlantic. ...

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

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    Seneca Rocks, WV

    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 ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  16 miles
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    Winding through its pristine Wilderness, Otter Creek is an enchanting walk at any time of year. With its cascading waterfalls, ...

  • #5 Carrying Water

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    Seneca Rocks, WV

    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 ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  23.5 one way miles
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    If you study a topographic map of West Virginia’s most popular hiking regions, you’re bound to notice North Fork Mountain’s ...

  • #6 (Don't) Get Lost!

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    Petersburg, WV

    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 ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  13.4 miles
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    High above the eastern seaboard, West Virginia’s Roaring Plains offer you view after view of the mountainous horizon as you ...

  • #7 Green Mountain Trail

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    Parsons, WV

    The scenic Green Mountain Trail provides foot access to some of the most remote areas of Otter Creek Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest. Stretching 4 miles, this trail offers stunning ...
    •  4.1 miles
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    The scenic Green Mountain Trail provides foot access to some of the most remote areas of Otter Creek Wilderness in the Monongahela ...

  • #8 Wheeling Heritage Trail

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    WV

    Wheeling Heritage Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Ohio County and Brooke County, West Virginia. It is 15.9 miles long and begins at 646 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 31.8 ...
    •  15.9 miles

    Wheeling Heritage Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Ohio County and Brooke County, West Virginia. It is 15.9 miles long ...