Best Hiking in West Virginia

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

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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)
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#2. 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)
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#3. 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)
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#4. 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 all (About Top Trails)
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#5. 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)
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#6. 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)
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#7. 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)
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#8. North Fork Mountain Trail


The North Fork Mountain Trail is an excellent two- to three-day backpack, offering some of the most scenic vistas in the entire state. The major drawback to this trail is a lack of water along the cre…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Franklin, WV - Hiking - 23.8 miles
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#9. Kanawha Trace Trail


This rugged trail climbs and descends many ridges from the trailhead near Barboursville to the end at Fraziers Bottoms. The Blacks Creek Shelter is available to hikers on a first-come, first-served ba…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Barboursville, WV - Hiking - 31.7 miles
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#10. Laurel Trail


This hike is an easy loop to a small mountain meadow and back. Nestled at the base of Cacapon Mountain is Cacapon Resort State Park. At 2,300 feet, Cacapon Mountain is the tallest peak in the Eastern…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Berkeley Springs, WV - Hiking - 2 miles
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#11. Elakala to Yellow Birch Trail Loop


The loop trail is an easy hike through upland hardwoods and lush marshy bogs. The 1,812-acre Blackwater Falls State Park is located on the rim of the Blackwater River Canyon. The park offers a host of…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Davis, WV - Hiking - 3.7 miles
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#12. Otter Creek to Hedrick Camp Trail Loop


This loop follows the fast-flowing Otter Creek to the Mylius Trail, then makes a long climb to the summit of Shavers Mountain. A quick drop off the mountain leads to the very upper reaches of the rhod…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Elkins, WV - Hiking - 9 miles
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#13. Cross Country Ski to Scott Run Trail Loop


This long hike travels through the heart of the State Forest. The Coopers Rock State Forest is a 12,713-acre region in north-central West Virginia. There are nearly 50 miles of trail located within th…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Morgantown, WV - Hiking - 7 miles
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#14. Trout Pond to Long Mountain Trail Loop


A long strenuous hike with great views from Lina Constable Overlook and long sections on wide grassy trails. Trout Pond Recreation Area is located on the western slope of Long Mountain. In addition…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Baker, WV - Hiking - 8.4 miles
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#15. Waterfalls of the Mountain Lakes Region


Located in the center of the state, this region is lake country, with five major lakes wholly within its borders. Also, five major rivers, the Gauley, Elk, Little Kanawha, Buckhannon, and West Fork, d…
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Richwood, WV - Hiking
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#16. Lost Trail


The longest trail in this state park, Lost Trail, is a figure-eight-shaped trail that travels the beautiful banks of Beech Fork Lake and the hills that touch its shores. Beech Fork State Park contains…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Huntington, WV - Hiking - 8.5 miles
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#17. Waterfalls of the New River & Greenbrier Valley Region


How’s this for an outdoor adventure destination: six wildlife management areas, four state forests, eight state parks, two national forests, one national recreation area, and the popular Greenbrier an…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Pipestem, WV - Hiking
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#18. Raven Rock Trail


This trail descends gradually to a rock escarpment overlooking the Cheat River. The masterpiece of Coopers Rock State Forest is the Cheat River Canyon and the spectacular rock bluffs located high abov…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Morgantown, WV - Hiking - 4 miles
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#19. Arrowhead Trail to Jesse's Cove Trail Loop


This loop climbs a high ridge to a wooden tower with a great view to the west. A pleasant walk along a high ridge leads to a steep drop back to the Greenbrier River. Watoga State Park, West Virginia’s…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Marlinton, WV - Hiking - 5.3 miles
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#20. Rocky to Rhododendron Trail Loop


This loop passes through tall stands of sheltered cove hardwoods and makes several ascents and descents of varying degrees of difficulty. The loop can be shortened by utilizing other trails within the…
From the guidebook "Hiking West Virginia"
Fairmont, WV - Hiking - 6.5 miles
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