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Best trails in West Virginia

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Trying to find the best West Virginia trails? AllTrails has 468 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Davis, Morgantown or Charleston, we've got you covered. If you're looking for great West Virginia state park trails, check out Hawks Nest State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Cranberry Glades Botanical Area near Hillsboro or Ritter Park Historic District near Huntington. Ready for some activity? There are 231 moderate trails in West Virginia ranging from 0.7 to 86.5 miles and from 272 to 4,862 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Maryland Heights Loop
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
The parking lot for this trail is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. NOTE: Footbridge used to cross the Potomac River is closed indefinitely. The National Park Service does not currently have a timeline for reopening. The route on AllTrails has been rerouting to begin at Harper's Ferry Road. The parking lot by Harper's Ferry is small and often full on the weekends. The connector from the Overlook to the highway is closed from Feb to July 31 for Peregrine falcon nesting (so bake an extra 2.2 miles to double back to the Maryland heights trailhead). Additionally, the AT foot bridge is out which easily connected Harpers ferry to the trailhead (recommend Lyft to trailhead). Park opens at 9:00 a.m Fee $10 The trail from parking lot, starts by mulch pile in back. You can also take a bus from parking lot to trailhead. Scenic overlook, civil war fortifications, moderate to strenuous climb. History combined with beauty! This is a hike over well-marked trails with many interpretive signs along the way. There are some steep climbs and some rocky terrain. The hike features a spectacular overlook of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. However, it doesn't come easily. The hike also includes much history. The trail passes remains of fortifications built by the Union forces in 1862 after their defeat at Harpers Ferry. There are ammunition pits, breastworks, powder magazines, and gun batteries along the trail. The remains of the main fort are at the summit of Maryland Heights. Show more
#2 - Endless Wall Trail
New River Gorge National River
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Note: This trail is only a loop if you return to your car by walking along the road for the last quarter mile. If you prefer to stay along the trail, follow the route shown on the map and hike it as an out and back. This trail starts in a dense forest full of moss small streams. As you continue upwards towards the ridge of the gorge, the forest turns into deep groves of laurel. Once you reach the top, there are endless rocks you can climb on to view the river below. Be careful, as there are some holes near the rocks that have been covered with leaves and are easy to slip into.Show more
#3 - Loudoun Heights Trail to Split Rock
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 25 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. This high ground was occupied by Confederate general John George Walker during the Battle of Harpers Ferry, September 12-September 15, 1862. Loudoun Heights was also the site of a night attack made on January 10, 1864, by Col. John S. Mosby's Rangers against Major Henry A. Cole's 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Volunteer Cavalry. Mosby's attack failed and ended a long run of engagements between Mosby's Rangers and Cole's Cavalry. The Battle of Loudoun Heights was a small cavalry skirmish during the American Civil War between John Mosby's Rangers and Major Henry A. Cole's 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Cavalry on January 9, 1864, in Loudoun County, Virginia. Cole's Cavalry successfully defended a night raid against their camp on Loudoun Heights. The fight was one of the first engagements in which Union forces held their own against Mosby's vaunted partisans.Show more
#4 - Seneca Rocks Trail
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Seneca Rocks Trail is a well maintained hiking trail to an observation platform with a gorgeous view of the rock faces. Benches along the trail make great places to catch your breath. The trailhead features picnic areas and a visitor center. Spruce Knob - Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area is a well known spot for seeing the Potomac River or rock climbing. Show more
#5 - Big Schloss via Wolf Gap Trail
Wolf Gap Recreation Area
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
The first half mile or so is a steep incline but after that it's smooth sailing. Great views of both Virginia and West Virginia. Tip: Walk passed the Big Schloss cut off and go about a half mile more to look back at it.Show more
#6 - Long Point Trail
New River Gorge National River
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#7 - North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top
Cabins, West Virginia
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Difficult hike but well worth the effort. Views are spectacular from Chimney Top.Show more
#8 - Kaymoor Miner's Trail
New River Gorge National River
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
A steep hike down to the old kaymore mine. Then once at the mines you will follow an old mine rail trail through various views, waterfalls and cliffs. Be prepared for the walk back!Show more
#9 - Bear Rocks/Lions Head Loop
Dolly Sods Wilderness
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Length: 19.6 mi • Est. 9 h 18 m
Please note that this trail has been reported closed until mid April. It's a great hike with a huge variety of trails and terrain within the 20 miles. When you start of on Bear Rocks Trail it will wide open fields where you can see the mountains and beautiful trees and plains around you at 4,000+ feet. It stays open/no shade for 4-6 miles. Generally the ascents/descents are not difficulty as they are mixed in and not very long, but the terrain takes a little skill and focus. There are many rocks to navigate and it can be quite muddy, would not advise going for this hike in rainy weather. If you decide to make your own modifications rangers have said to avoid Dobbin Grade Trail (526, especially the eastern part, which is why this short cut back to the parking lot isn't taken) and Beaver View Trail (523). Also if you modify and go farther south and it has rained a lot, some of the rivers farther south may be difficult dangers to ford. ***LIONS HEAD- NOT CLEARLY MARKED. If you look closely you will see a trail you can take. Heading south a little after the water fall on your right you will see a Cairn on your left. If you pass this area, you will get to a rocky path and you can generally make your own path up the rock scramble to Lions Head for the amazing view. It's about .1 mile scramble, but allow time for getting lost and finding your way. ***Trails do not have blazes, cairns are very limited and inconsistent. Most if not all named/numbered trail intersections are clearly marked with a sign. Campsites are dispersed and not too difficult to find in most areas. Great spot right on the river at the intersection of 513/558 and 513/554. You can find water pretty much anywhere water/river/stream is marked. Note: it's about 4 miles on a gravel road with semi steep terrain to get up to Bear Rocks. Bear Rocks isn't actually on this trail, but you can go see them as they are adjacent right to the parking area.Show more
#10 - Bear Rocks Trail to Raven Ridge Trail and Dobbin Grade Trail
Dolly Sods Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
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