Cliffside Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ansted, West Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles
606 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





13 days ago

Stunning, wonderful hike !!!

15 days ago

I'm an avid hiker and this trail is definitely not easy, I would say difficult. The trail is barely wide enough to walk between the edge and all the rocks. It is overgrown and hard to see where you are stepping. Very steep decline makes for a difficult trek back up. It's fun but not easy. Not recommended for children or elderly or anyone with balance issues. Cliffs and rocks are nice.

16 days ago

Very poorly maintained trail. Overgrown, eroded, and poorly marked. There should be a couple nice view points of the river and bridges but the trees block and chance of a clear line of vision. Not at all even close to being worth the effort..

3 months ago

Lets start with the positives- the cliffs were beautiful and the trail is truly right along the side of it show casing some beautiful rock features. I brought my sister(17) and grandma(62) both of which have limited outdoor experience and enjoyed the views.
Now for the negatives- this is the poorest maintained trail I have ever ran across. The trail is so overgrown on all sides that it is hard to see anything- causing a very close encounter with our leg less friends. The trail itself is mostly eroded away and any attempts at stopping that have caused more hazards(rebar with caution tape).

Overall, I would love to see such an awesome trail maintained. The area is beautiful and the rock wall is unique for the area. In my opinion, the elevation change and shabby trail maintenance made this an intermediate trail.

3 months ago

Breath taking views!

5 months ago

Saturday, October 15, 2016