Explore the most popular hiking trails in New River Gorge National River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wonderful day hike. Got to see some interesting ruins of forgotten coal times.

Amazing workout! Feel the burn! I’m glad it was raining cause I was pouring sweat, couldnt tell what was rain and what wasn’t! Oh watch out for the chickens when you drive in!

hiking
5 days ago

Wow. This is a beautiful trail. Did the full out and back and it was a treat. Following the Glade Creek the full way provide ample opportunity to go swimming or to sit back and listen to the water. What a great hike!

Awesome except for the last 1/4 mile on the road.

hiking
18 days ago

Absolutely stunning. I almost feel like botanical artists come in and plant picturesque foliage around, it just looks so surreal. I can’t even imagine how it might look once autumn has fully taken over. There was a high volume of traffic though.

trail is great but watch out on the tipple theres a large Hornets nest on it.

hiking
18 days ago

Stunning views. Hiked on a v hot day, but almost all of walk is under canopy, with many short but optional access spurs to rock cliffs that overlook the Gorge. Can be hiked as an out and back, or a loop if you use a short hitch on the road. A great easy hike. Finished the day with a wonderful meal at nearby Adventures on the Gorge.

hiking
18 days ago

My favorite hike!!! I moved away 10 years ago but when I visit home I always try to make this hike. The views are gorgeous.

there are a lot of sections on this trail. we did the miners section which had about 830 steps and around a mile long hike to get to these steps. going down one can see the remains of the mines and the mining town.
was very interesting and a good workout.

it has a very great view at the end. The trail is well shaded.

It's an ok trail with some good views of the river. one can enjoy a picnic, but going up the hill is no joy. the trail ends at one point, but we tried to go further to check the cliff which one person had posted, but we gave up after about 20 min of walk. there is hardly any visible trail and thick vegetation makes it hard.

For this trail being my first solo adventure, I would definitely say this is an awesome hike and location. You have several places to see the awesome view so if you want to stop and turn around, you can. I probably would rate it as a moderate, not easy, level trail because there are some treacherous drop offs and I definitely didn’t want to look down especially on my way back and I wouldn’t want to bring my dog either. A lot of it is along side the road so you can cheat if you want (I didn’t) but I saw a lot of people that were so that is kind of lame. Oh and there was a very large tree blocking the path but it’s super easy to get around it. Cheers

walking
24 days ago

Beautiful trail. One of my favorites in the New River.

mountain biking
27 days ago

Mountain biked the Clovis & Adena Trails. They were well maintained & marked. Although rated easy, it was a challenging 4+ mile single track trail.

28 days ago

Amazing view!!! Fairly easy hike, to find the permanent ladders to the rock wall you have to be on the Nuttall side of the trail.

Great hike!!! Beautiful views & Waterfalls!!

1 month ago

The only problem I have with this trail is you have to walk the road for a little bit

hiking
1 month ago

Very well maintained and beautiful trail. I am a beginner level hiker and this trail was perfect for me. It had been raining the day before so there were some slick rocks and muddy spots but even then it wasn’t very tough at all. Still definitely felt like I got some good exercise without struggling to much. Overlooks were breathtaking. Parking at Fern Creek meant the partial road walk back to the car was downhill.

on Endless Wall

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. I highly recommend going down the metal ladders to the rock climbing access area. You can hike along the bottom of the endless wall and meet/watch climbers. Lots of great views from the cliffs when you climb back to the top. This is a fun/adventurous trail for all skill levels.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful views

I really enjoyed this trail but my God we’re the spiders bad yesterday! About every ten feet was a new web waiting to smack me in the face.

I found myself a nice big rock to lay on with an amazing view about a mile and a half in, but be careful if you decide to go to the rocks as I saw a rather large copperhead (picture posted) between some of the rocks. Next time I will have to hike with my fishing pole as there was plenty of fishing access points along the length of the trail.

On the final incline the trail became a real battle as most people don’t seem to go that far up. Which is a shame because it is very beautiful up there. There were a few large downed trees, and the trail was mostly overgrown at this point and became hard to follow and the spiders became progressively worse.

On the way out the spiders wasted no time in yet again conveniently placing their webs in my face.

I will do this trail again in the fall as I feel it would be the best time to get some of the views offered by this trail with the leaves not obstructing some of the scenery.

I did not hear any growling, but I do believe I found a few bear prints on the trail (picture posted).

Awesome trail with ladder access to climb down and explore other trails! Sights are incredible! Check it out!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail. It’s my favorite in the area. It’s well maintained. The views of the Gorge are wonderful. We’ve had a lot of rain so it’s pretty sloppy right now though.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views and an easy trail. Well worth it. If you’re feeling adventurous there are ladders bolted into the rock face you climb down. Highly recommend.

Good trail, great views!

Such beautiful views! It was a pretty easy hike with really cool ladder climbs. Totally worth your time, you won't be disappointed.

hiking
1 month ago

My family and I enjoyed this trail. However, it is difficult in terms of physical exertion (coming back out). I counted 822 steps on the way out (there are different numbers floating around tho). There are also a few other sets on the trail that would add to that number. If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy yourself at the bottom. If not, you may not care as much. We LOVED the nostalgia of walking where miners did almost 100 years ago. At the bottom of the trail, if you take a right, you can see the old coke stove ruins. They are very neat. To the left at the bottom of the trail, you can see the old power house, tipple, and processing plant. Before you start the steps down (after coming out of the woods), you can see the entrance to the old mines on the left. I would recommend this trail to anyone that likes history who is in decent shape. As mentioned above, coming back out is very demanding. Happy hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

A bit of a disappointment. There really isn't much to see at the bottom of the steps. At the bottom of the steps are two collapsed buildings and a short metal structure. There are no trail markings indicating where to go. However, if you go to the right and follow the path (carefully) it will lead down to a row of coke ovens over a football field long. If you haven't seen coke ovens before, they are pretty cool. You can view them up close. There are also some signs explaining the area on the way down. Other than that, there's not much to see. I did encounter several people using the trail for fitness/exercise. One guy preparing for an iron man event. Yea, this trail is that tough. At the top of the steps is a carving in the railing indicating 813 steps. However, there are even more steps before you get to those. Plus, a decently steep trail that leads down to all of this. Is the trail worth doing? If you are in decent shape, yes. If for no other reason, do this trail for the bragging rights.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail but it is not located in Babcock State Park as listed. It is in the New River Gorge National River Park NOT Babcock State Park near Clifftop WV. Please make this correction in the Trail description as it creates confusion and hikers are traveling 20+ miles out of the way to the wrong location to access this trail. It is located near Fayetteville WV where you can view the New River Gorge Bridge not at Babcock State Park. Really great trail but it is listed in the wrong location.

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