Best Trail Running in West Virginia

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

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#1. Greater Wheeling Trail


Traveling along the mighty Ohio River through the heart of Wheeling, this urban rail-trail reflects both the industrial and natural faces of the historic waterway. Part of a still-growing rail-trail s…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Wheeling, WV - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 9 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. West Fork River Trail


Meandering along the placid West Fork River, this popular local trail passes by farmland and river bluffs, residential and commercial areas. Surface: Packed limestone.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Fairmont, WV - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 14.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Glade Creek Trail


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, and…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Beckley, WV - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 5.6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. West Fork Trail


This isolated woodland trail visits small farms and remote mountain forests along the West Fork Greenbrier River. Great swimming and fishing may be enjoyed along its entire length. Surface: Original…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Glady, WV - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 25.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Williams River Trail


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.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Marlinton, WV - Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 2.2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Harrison County Parks and Recreation Bike & Hike Trail


Not the most alluring destination, this rail-trail follows the murky green West Fork River past farmland, woods, and tiny communities. Surface: Cinder.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Clarksburg, WV - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Thurmond-Minden Trail


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 of th…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Thurmond, WV - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 3.4 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Gauley Mountain Trail


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. Fabulo…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Slatyfork, WV - Cross-Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike & Ski Trail I


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 turke…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Davis, WV - Cross-Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 3.8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Limerock Trail


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 mountai…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Thomas, WV - Birding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 4.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike & Ski Trail II (Davis Trail)


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 a grad…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Davis, WV - Cross-Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 1.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Harpers Ferry, VA MD WV


This "quadruple crown" of hikes touches on four high points in three different states: Split Rock in Virginia, Maryland Heights and Stone Fort in Maryland, and Jefferson Rocks in West Virginia. Front…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Washington D.C."
Harper's Ferry, WV - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 12.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides