Best Rail-Trails in West Virginia

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

  • #1 North Bend Rail-Trail

    5 Reviews

    Parkersburg, WV

    West Virginia’s showcase trail, the North Bend Rail Trail passes through spectacular wilderness settings and rural farmland, with several stops in small towns where artists fashion handblown ...
    •  70.1 miles
    •  Guide

    West Virginia’s showcase trail, the North Bend Rail Trail passes through spectacular wilderness settings and rural farmland, ...

  • #2 Greenbrier River Trail

    12 Reviews

    Marlinton, WV

    Greenbrier River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Marlinton, West Virginia. It is 32.3 miles long and begins at 2,434 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 64.6 miles with a total ...
    •  32.3 miles

    Greenbrier River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Marlinton, West Virginia. It is 32.3 miles long and begins at 2,434 ...

  • #3 West Fork River Trail

    1 Reviews

    Fairmont, WV

    Meandering along the placid West Fork River, this popular local trail passes by farmland and river bluffs, residential and commercial areas. Surface: Packed limestone.
    •  14.5 miles
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    Meandering along the placid West Fork River, this popular local trail passes by farmland and river bluffs, residential and ...

  • #4 Glade Creek Trail

    1 Reviews

    Beckley, WV

    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, ...
    •  5.6 miles
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    Tucked away in one of the quietest and most pristine corners of the New River Gorge, this remote trail follows a crystal-clear, ...

  • #5 Southside-Brooklyn Trail

    1 Reviews

    Thurmond, WV

    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 ...
    •  6 miles
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    Traveling high above the crashing rapids of the New River, this popular, leafy trail offers fantastic views at every turn. ...

  • #6 Cranberry/Tri-Rivers Rail-Trail

    0 Reviews

    Richwood, WV

    From the timber town of Richwood, this recently opened trail (1997) runs along three different rivers, the Cherry, the Gauley (one of the country’s most famous white-water rivers), and the Cranberry. ...
    •  16.5 miles
    •  Guide

    From the timber town of Richwood, this recently opened trail (1997) runs along three different rivers, the Cherry, the Gauley ...

  • #7 Williams River Trail

    0 Reviews

    Marlinton, WV

    Wandering beside the riffling, boulder-strewn Williams River, this intimate rail-trail explores the gentler side of West Virginia’s magnificently rugged mountains. Surface: Natural.
    •  2.2 miles
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    Wandering beside the riffling, boulder-strewn Williams River, this intimate rail-trail explores the gentler side of West ...

  • #8 Thurmond-Minden Trail

    0 Reviews

    Thurmond, WV

    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 ...
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Tunneling through thickets of rhododendron, this gently climbing trail above Dunloup Creek, the New River, and Arbuckle Creek ...

  • #9 Gauley Mountain Trail

    0 Reviews

    Slatyfork, WV

    One of Tea Creek’s fabulous, well-maintained trails, this wide, rocky, spruce-lined rail-trail explores the remote beauty of Gauley Mountain—an especially popular mountain-biking destination. ...
    •  5 miles
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    One of Tea Creek’s fabulous, well-maintained trails, this wide, rocky, spruce-lined rail-trail explores the remote beauty ...

  • #10 Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike & Ski Trail I

    0 Reviews

    Davis, WV

    Climbing up Canaan Mountain to its broad, spruce-sprinkled summit, this rugged rail-trail explores a less traveled route, virtually assuring glimpses of wildlife: white-tailed deer, grouse, wild ...
    •  3.8 miles
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    Climbing up Canaan Mountain to its broad, spruce-sprinkled summit, this rugged rail-trail explores a less traveled route, ...

  • #11 Limerock Trail

    0 Reviews

    Thomas, WV

    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 ...
    •  4.5 miles
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    Gradually descending from the rim to the bottom of Blackwater Canyon, with spectacular views unfolding at every turn, this ...

  • #12 Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike & Ski Trail II (Davis Trail)

    0 Reviews

    Davis, WV

    Curtained by green rhododendrons and mountain laurel, this short trail travels most of its length beside a chattering, stone-speckled stream. The first half mile is nearly flat, then begins ...
    •  1.5 miles
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    Curtained by green rhododendrons and mountain laurel, this short trail travels most of its length beside a chattering, stone-speckled ...

  • #13 Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail Trail

    0 Reviews

    Richwood, WV

    The Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail Trail, also called the Cranberry Rail Trail, is named for the Cranberry, Cherry, and Gauley Rivers it travels along or across. The route begins in downtown Richwood, ...
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail Trail, also called the Cranberry Rail Trail, is named for the Cranberry, Cherry, and Gauley ...

  • #14 Harrison North Rail Trail

    1 Reviews

    Clarksburg, WV

    Harrison North Rail Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clarksburg, West Virginia. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 939 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with ...
    •  6.6 miles

    Harrison North Rail Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clarksburg, West Virginia. It is 6.6 miles long and begins ...

  • #15 West Fork Rail Trail

    1 Reviews

    Durbin, WV

    West Fork Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Durbin, West Virginia. It is 21.7 miles long and begins at 2,735 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 43.5 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  21.7 miles

    West Fork Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Durbin, West Virginia. It is 21.7 miles long and begins at 2,735 feet ...

  • #16 Greater Wheeling Trail

    1 Reviews

    Wheeling, WV

    Greater Wheeling Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 682 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  5.0 miles

    Greater Wheeling Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 682 feet ...

  • #17 Potts Valley Rail Trail

    0 Reviews

    Waiteville, WV

    The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built on a former corridor of the Norfolk & Western rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, it operated between 1909 and 1932 and was built to haul iron ore, ...
    •  4.5 miles
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    The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built on a former corridor of the Norfolk & Western rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, ...

  • #18 Brooke Pioneer Trail

    0 Reviews

    Wellsburg, WV

    Expansive interpretive signs along this route describe the local history of the Panhandle Railroad. Once called the Wheeling Secondary Track—between Weirton and Benwood, West Virginia—the line ...
    •  6.7 miles
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    Expansive interpretive signs along this route describe the local history of the Panhandle Railroad. Once called the Wheeling ...

  • #19 South Prong Trail

    0 Reviews

    Elkins, WV

    The South Prong Trail is a remote, rugged rail-trail that offers a moderate, though sometimes quite hilly, hike. There are two very distinct sections of this trail: One section is boggy, while ...
    •  4.5 miles
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    The South Prong Trail is a remote, rugged rail-trail that offers a moderate, though sometimes quite hilly, hike. There are ...

  • #20 Mon River Rail-Trail System

    0 Reviews

    Morgantown, WV

    The Mon River Rail-Trail System spans a total of 48.7 miles through three counties—Marion, Monongalia, and Preston—with Morgantown, West Virginia, serving as a central hub for the network. Morgantown ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Mon River Rail-Trail System spans a total of 48.7 miles through three counties—Marion, Monongalia, and Preston—with Morgantown, ...