Pipestem McKeever to Heritage Point and Canyon Rim

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Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem McKeever to Heritage Point and Canyon Rim is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pipestem, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 587 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

Pleasant hike through wild-life rich forest, cliff views, strenous climb to Tram This hike will take you from McKeever Lodge to the Canyon Rim Center where you can enjoy an incredible tram ride to the bottom of the canyon. Along the way you will visit Heritage Point, with an awesome view of the canyon was well as the Mountain Creek lodge and the Bluestone River below. You will start on the River Trail (which will optionally lead you all the way to the bottom of the Canyon though a river crossing is required) near McKeever Lodge. This is a nice, wide trail, though due to heavy horse traffic it can be quite muddy during rainy seasons. At the intersection with Canyon Rim Trail, head right to descend to Heritage Point, the view is well worth the climb back out. Back to Canyon Rim Center you can take a break, have a snak, and do some gift shopping. Then be sure to enjoy the Tram ride to the canyon bottom for even more trail exploration on the lower River Trail or Farley Loop trail.

1 month ago

Nice trail! You follow along a rocky road in the woods for the most part, but near the end, it transition to more of a foot trail then grass. The view at the very end before you turn around is beautiful! Do wear good shoes, as it is steep in some parts, and although it is called the river trail, we could not see the river from this route.

2 months ago

Killer hike down, strenuous hike back up...

6 months ago

around noon mid-late November. this trail is pretty great as long as you start at the trail head past the playground at McKeever lodge. there is a great rock cliff at the end to the right called 'heritage point'. we accidentally went part way the other way because we forgot from last year but its a great view no matter. it gets a little steep by heritage point but doable. the leaves are a little treacherous on some of the trail and the rocks (because of the fire road) crumble under you some but still a great trail with the family!

Sun May 19 2019

This was a fairly easy trail. Most of it is a one lane gravel road mainly used for the park recreational vehicles. The scenery changes from Road to Meadow to footpath. The view is beautiful but it also includes powerlines. You start on the river trail just below the lodge past the swing sets. We turned right onto Canyon rim and then veered to the right onto Heritage Trail. Heading back is pretty much all uphill.

Please wear good shoes the trail is mostly rocks; plus the rocks add to the difficulty. Would not recommend for beginners. Happy trails y’all

Beautiful hike. Took a few mis-turns ... but follow all trails and you’ll be fine. Really not complicated to follow. The one turn you take off the main road type trail is possible to take at two points. One at a turn in the road where the side trail goes up the mountain on your left and downwards to your right. You can go right there for a shorter hike. Or left to head to a nature center(?) which I did. Pretty views tho. The second turn is made right before a clearing for telephone wires which has a info post thing there. You have to walk through an area that’s had a lot of maintenance so there’s like boxes and stuff there. Just blaze on through that tho. And make your next available left. And boom! Pretty views. Lovely walk. Went on a freezing, snowy Monday morning. Unsurprisingly, I was alone the whole time. Anyways, happy trekking!

Sat Mar 24 2018

so it was March 24th, but lo and behold we had snow and lots of it! That had its own treat. I love hitting trails in all seasons. For example you could hear the river below but you couldn't even see it. I found the trail a little confusing, ended up looping twice, it was good exercise. Wear good shoes, there's a lot of tree roots and rock, but if you're into it it's great!

Sat Jul 22 2017

I stayed on the River Trail not realizing I was supposed to turn onto the Canyon Rim Trail which takes you to the Heritage Point. Still, this was a fantastic hike. I saw one other person the entire time I was on the trail. There is ample parking near the trail head.

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