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.

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 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 ...

  • #3 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
    •  Guide

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

  • #4 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)
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #5 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 ...

  • #6 Kanawha Trace Trail

    2 Reviews

    Barboursville, WV

    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 ...
    •  31.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This rugged trail climbs and descends many ridges from the trailhead near Barboursville to the end at Fraziers Bottoms. The ...

  • #7 Glade Creek to Kates Fall Trail

    2 Reviews

    Beckley, WV

    A picturesque streamside hike from the banks of the New River to the rim of the gorge. Perhaps better known for white-water rafting and rock climbing, the New River Gorge National River contains ...
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A picturesque streamside hike from the banks of the New River to the rim of the gorge. Perhaps better known for white-water ...

  • #8 Laurel Trail

    3 Reviews

    Berkeley Springs, WV

    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 ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike is an easy loop to a small mountain meadow and back. Nestled at the base of Cacapon Mountain is Cacapon Resort ...

  • #9 Otter Creek to Hedrick Camp Trail Loop

    2 Reviews

    Elkins, WV

    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 ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop follows the fast-flowing Otter Creek to the Mylius Trail, then makes a long climb to the summit of Shavers Mountain. ...

  • #10 Lost Trail

    1 Reviews

    Huntington, WV

    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 ...
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The longest trail in this state park, Lost Trail, is a figure-eight-shaped trail that travels the beautiful banks of Beech ...

  • #11 Waterfalls of the New River & Greenbrier Valley Region

    1 Reviews

    Pipestem, WV

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (14 total)
    •  Guide

    How’s this for an outdoor adventure destination: six wildlife management areas, four state forests, eight state parks, two ...

  • #12 Waterfalls of the Mountain Lakes Region

    0 Reviews

    Richwood, WV

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (5 total)
    •  Guide

    Located in the center of the state, this region is lake country, with five major lakes wholly within its borders. Also, five ...

  • #13 Cross Country Ski to Scott Run Trail Loop

    2 Reviews

    Morgantown, WV

    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 ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #14 Rocky to Rhododendron Trail Loop

    2 Reviews

    Fairmont, WV

    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 ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop passes through tall stands of sheltered cove hardwoods and makes several ascents and descents of varying degrees ...

  • #15 Arrowhead Trail to Jesse's Cove Trail Loop

    1 Reviews

    Marlinton, WV

    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 ...
    •  5.3 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #16 Waterfalls of the Mountaineer Country Region

    0 Reviews

    Grafton, WV

    For you non-West Virginians, “Mountaineer” refers to the West Virginia University football team, and not someone who lives in the hills. And you’d do well to remember that when in this part of ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (2 total)
    •  Guide

    For you non-West Virginians, “Mountaineer” refers to the West Virginia University football team, and not someone who lives ...

  • #17 White Oak to Big Ridge Loop

    2 Reviews

    Lost City, WV

    This loop climbs to the crest of Big Ridge and offers several wonderful panoramic views to the east. The 25 miles of trails in Lost River State Park range from short and easy to long and difficult. ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop climbs to the crest of Big Ridge and offers several wonderful panoramic views to the east. The 25 miles of trails ...

  • #18 Virgin Hemlock to Tyrone Trail Loop

    1 Reviews

    Morgantown, WV

    This short hike follows the lazy Laurel Run. Coopers Rock State Forest in managed jointly by the West Virginia Division of Forestry and West Virginia University. One of the primary purposes of ...
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This short hike follows the lazy Laurel Run. Coopers Rock State Forest in managed jointly by the West Virginia Division of ...

  • #19 Cathedral to Giant Hemlock Trail Loop

    1 Reviews

    Aurora, WV

    An easy, short loop trail travels under towering virgin hemlocks. Cathedral State Park is one of the smallest state parks in West Virginia. However, what the park lacks in size (133 acres) is ...
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy, short loop trail travels under towering virgin hemlocks. Cathedral State Park is one of the smallest state parks ...

  • #20 Beartown Boardwalk

    1 Reviews

    Marlinton, WV

    A short hike on a boardwalk through small rock crevices covered with lush greenery. Beartown State Park is a small 110-acre park located near Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. This wild ...
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A short hike on a boardwalk through small rock crevices covered with lush greenery. Beartown State Park is a small 110-acre ...