West Virginia - Outdoor Activities

West Virginia has approximately 672 trails, including 384 hiking trails and 200 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 166.5 miles in length. The most popular trails are Appalachian Trail to Loudon Heights Trail Loop, Big Schloss and Sods Circuit. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in West Virginia was Gina V. who completed Diamond Point via the Endless Wall.

  • Big SchlossView Trail Details

    13 Reviews

    Wardensville, WV

    •  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 on Mill Mountain. ...

  • Greenbrier River TrailView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Cass, WV

    •  77 miles
    •  Guide

    The queen of West Virginia’s rail-trails, and one of the longest and most scenic in the country, the Greenbrier River Trail parallels the rapid-filled ...

  • Appalachian Trail to Loudon Heights Trail LoopView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Harpers Ferry, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  12.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike passes through three states and the town of Harpers Ferry, providing river hiking, ridge crest hiking, and great views. The Appalachian ...

  • Seneca Rocks TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Seneca Rocks, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  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” of Seneca Rocks soars ...

  • North Bend Rail-TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Parkersburg, WV

    •  70.1 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Seneca ShadowsView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Petersburg, WV

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    The walk-in tent sites here have a majestic view of Seneca Rocks.

  • Blackwater CanyonView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Thomas, WV

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  2.5 hours for intermediate riders
    •  20.4 miles
    •  Guide

    There are several options on this scenic ride. You can start in Thomas or in Hendricks and do the ride as an out-and-back. It depends on whether ...

  • Laurel TrailView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Berkeley Springs, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  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 State Park. At 2,300 ...

  • Tuscarora Trail (Northeast)View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Glengary, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike follows a portion of the well-maintained Tuscarora Trail through Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. The trail crosses Pee Wee Point ...

  • Kanawha Trace TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Barboursville, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  31.7 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Otter Creek to Hedrick Camp Trail LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Elkins, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  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. A quick drop off ...

  • Canaan Valley Loop: Through the State's Highest ValleyView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Thomas, WV

    • Scenic Drives  
    •  45 miles
    •  Guide

    A 45-mile loop drive in the Monongahela National Forest through the mountains and wetlands of Canaan Valley, the highest valley of its size east ...

  • Waterfalls of the Potomac Highlands RegionView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Parsons, WV

    •  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 view around the ...

  • High FallsView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Glady, WV

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  2 hours for intermediate riders
    •  11.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the easy way to get to High Falls of the Cheat on Shavers Fork of the Cheat River - a mini-Niagara. An old railgrade takes you out along ...

  • Sleepy Creek WMAView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Hedgesville, WV

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    This is the best in tent camping in West Virginia’s far east.

  • Cross Country Ski to Scott Run Trail LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Morgantown, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  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 West Virginia. ...

  • Rocky to Rhododendron Trail LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Fairmont, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • White Oak to Big Ridge LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Lost City, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  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 in Lost River State ...

  • Spruce Knob SummitView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Harman, WV

    • Hiking  
    •  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 beautiful northern hardwood ...

  • Spruce Knob & Spruce Knob Lake: West Virginia's High PointView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Judy Gap, WV

    • Scenic Drives  
    •  42 miles
    •  Guide

    A 42-mile, curvy drive up the steep Allegheny Front to the observation tower at Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point at 4,863 feet elevation. ...

  • Spruce Knob LakeView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Petersburg, WV

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    The highest campground in this book lies near the highest point in the state. Campers can enjoy the cool air of the high country at drive-up ...

  • Dry ForkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Thomas, WV

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  4 hours for intermediate riders
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an epic ride in the Canaan Valley region. You'll spin the length of Blackwater Canyon on an old railgrade, through several small towns, ...

  • South Branch of the Potomac River: Above the US 220 Bridge Near Upper Tract and Smoke Hole Canyon to below RomneyView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Franklin, WV

    • Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing  
    •  6 sections range from 4 hours to 3 days
    •  130 miles
    •  Guide

    The South Branch starts just inside Virginia with the confluence of Straight Creek and the East Branch Potomac River. From here, the water drifts, ...

  • Kumbrabow State ForestView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Huttonsville, WV

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    This is one of the state’s most underutilized natural resources.

  • BulltownView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Burnsville, WV

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    Bulltown is set in a historic locale yet features many modern recreational facilities.

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