Best Cross-Country Skiing in West Virginia

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in West Virginia. Use this list to plan your next West Virginia cross-country skiing 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
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    In German, schloss means “castle.” In Virginia, schloss can only refer to one geologic wonder, a towering outcrop of sandstone ...

  • #2 Timberline Ski Resort

    0 Reviews

    Davis, WV

    Based just two miles from Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Timberline surfaced about 20 years ago on old logging industry grounds with little more than a T-bar surface lift and limited snowmaking. At ...
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    Based just two miles from Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Timberline surfaced about 20 years ago on old logging industry grounds ...

  • #3 Canaan Valley Ski Resort

    1 Reviews

    Davis, WV

    Following the widespread timber operations that finally dried up in the 1940s, backcountry skiing got going in Canaan Valley after pilots reported abundant amounts of snow that held strong long ...
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    Following the widespread timber operations that finally dried up in the 1940s, backcountry skiing got going in Canaan Valley ...

  • #4 New Winterplace Ski Resort

    1 Reviews

    Flat Top, WV

    Flat Top Mountain is home to New Winterplace—West Virginia’s southernmost and only ski area outside the expansive Monongahela National Forest. The 25-year-old resort is located between the towns ...
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    Flat Top Mountain is home to New Winterplace—West Virginia’s southernmost and only ski area outside the expansive Monongahela ...

  • #5 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 ...

  • #6 Snowshoe - Silver Creek Ski Resort

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    Snowshoe, WV

    Decades after the last logging outfits left behind the highlands of Pocahontas County’s Cheat Mountain, Snowshoe was conceived when Dr. Thomas Brigham and his crew examined these snow-filled ...
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    Decades after the last logging outfits left behind the highlands of Pocahontas County’s Cheat Mountain, Snowshoe was conceived ...

  • #7 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, ...

  • #8 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. ...

  • #9 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
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    From the timber town of Richwood, this recently opened trail (1997) runs along three different rivers, the Cherry, the Gauley ...

  • #10 Thurmond-Minden Trail

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

  • #11 Gauley Mountain Trail

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    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 ...

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

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    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, ...

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

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    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 ...

  • #14 Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail Trail

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

  • #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 Brooke Pioneer Trail

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    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 ...

  • #18 Mon River Rail-Trail System

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

  • #19 Rend Trail

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    Minden, WV

    With breathtaking scenery, numerous bridges, and several impressive overlooks, it is no wonder that the wide, well-maintained Rend Trail (formerly known as the Thurmond–Minden Trail) is one of ...
    •  3.2 miles
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    With breathtaking scenery, numerous bridges, and several impressive overlooks, it is no wonder that the wide, well-maintained ...

  • #20 West Fork River Rail Trail

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    Shinnston, WV

    Railways helped build America. Spanning from coast to coast, these ribbons of steel linked people, communities, and enterprises, spurring commerce and forging a single nation that bridges a ...
    •  18.3 miles
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    Railways helped build America. Spanning from coast to coast, these ribbons of steel linked people, communities, and enterprises, ...