Explore the most popular camping trails in West Virginia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 hours ago

40+ years ago, finding the trail faint from non-use, I blue-blazed it from the top of Shavers Mountain to the falls (the trail going down to the West Fork was, at the time, called the Beulah Siding Trail). And, shame on me, I havent been back since--though I've often wanted to. Maybe somebody could invite me?

Did the whole trail with some friends, made for a great backpacking trip with fairly easy trails. Some steep climbs here and there but they were always worth it. The views are breathtaking. Defiantly gonna go back to run it sometime.

We did Bear Rocks -> Raven Ridge - > Rocky Ridge - > Dobbin Grade - > Beaver Dam - >back to raven ridge and re-traced Bear Rocks

The section of this trail was moderate with lots of ferns, berries, and meadows. Sweeping views and some good camping spots.

I def recommend continuing on to Rocky ridge from this loop for some even more unique views and cool rocks that have been shaped by the wind.

First part was rough but once you get to the ridge line it’s really easy and beautiful.

I’ve walked this trail a lot, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s an easy hike to a gorgeous view, and it’s never super crowded along the trail.

Seriously. The view is incredible.

Also, they’ve been renovating the trail for the last year or so, so it’s even easier.

Just a fun, quick hike.

Started at the North Terminus on Smoke Hole Rd and hiked to chimney tops. Would love to come back and hike the full trail. Great views and well-marked, well-maintained trails (at least the section we did). There were Carens (spelling?) marking where to get off the trail and head up to chimney tops.

Not a bad hike and I’m extremely out of shape. Took my time with my 9yr old daughter. If your going just for the “look out” don’t. It isn’t impressive at all. But a nice trail that’s well maintained and clearly marked!

Everyone keeps talking about trash all over the place?? I hike this trail often and have never seen trash all over!! Beautiful place to hike lots of wildlife beautiful views and NO trash.
If you see trash please be a good person and pick it up cause remember some person left it and no animal needs it. Trails are marked nicely but are a little over ran....With woods not trash!

Went on the hike yesterday morning, and the temperature was perfect. We took the North Mont Chateau trail and veered off into some other trails, and at the end clocked in at about 11.5 miles (with 175 floors climbed)! The hike is marked well and has some great views. Walking in between some of the massive rocks, seeing the Iron Furnace and seeing the mini-beach at Cheat Lake were some of the biggest highlights. The overlook of Coopers Rock is amazing but was extremely crowded. If you come during early morning, you may have a better experience. Overall great hike, definitely worth the 5 hours for me. Check out some of my photos. Sitting down afterwards was great haha

The first mile was brutal for an out of shape person like me but it smooths out if you push through. This was one of the most breathtaking hikes I’ve ever been on. Just beautiful. Once you get to the footbridge, you’re just about there. I’ll definitely be returning.

Great hike. First day was 10 miles through a beautiful forest. The last half mile is a little rough straight down the mountain to cranberry river. Second day was 12 miles all road walking except the last 2 miles straight up the mountain.

12 days ago

This is more of a short easy walk than a hike. Regardless, the waterfall is very beautiful. I would post pictures but it have been well covered by others previous to me. I read in the West Virginia visitor's guide that these falls are the most photographed place in all of West Virginia. Although the falls were out of the way from any large cities (thankfully), the entire park was clean and it is definitely worth visiting when in West Virginia.

12 days ago

Great day hike with a beautiful vista at the end. Today it was especially muddy, but definitely passable. Unless you have a Jeep (or other serious 4WD vehicle), you can't get to the trailhead from Blackwater Falls State Park. You need to pick up Canaan Loop Road from Route 32 near Canaan Heights. From there it's a 10-ish mile drive along a gravel/dirt fire road (which is a beautiful trip in and of itself).

12 days ago

Easy hike. Mostly level. Mostly shaded. Great views on rock outcrop. Hang on to your little hikers. Bit of a forest road drive to the trail head. I believe 9 miles or so. Worth doing.

12 days ago

This is a must see for any WV visitor. As mentioned in other reviews, I would call this a short, but moderate hike due to the stairs leading down to the falls. Hike this after some major rainfall for an unbelievable, powerful, waterfall experience. Note that there is handicap access from the other side of the park. The view is a little farther away, but still spectacular.

mountain biking
12 days ago

Nice day ride. Slightly uphill going out. Nice mostly easy ride coming back. Some nice waterfall views. A bridge or two toward the end. Some traffic noise for some of the ride. Go's past the limestone plant. May encounter a little dust for a short distance. Partially shaded. Worth doing. Take a ride and have dinner in one of Morgantown's great restaurants/pubs afterward.

Hiked this trail earlier in the spring. From the parking lot, starts up the road past some camping sites. Just look for the sign. 1st part is a steady uphill climb for about 1 mile then levels off. Nice foot bridge at the end just before the rock outcrop. A bit of scrambling on the rock outcrop. Terrific views at the top. I experienced some traffic on the trail and at the top. Due to the climb, I would hike on a cooler day. Definitely worth doing. Caution, this is an unprotected cliff top view. Hang on to your little hikers.

Beautiful scenery -skip the trail and climb the rocks.

hike down the hill is nice. Then left at the crossroads... tons of water, and spongy places, mucky and muddy. Went after rain which was not a great choice. Other side of the creek was beautiful. Go expecting to get wet and take extra shoes/clothes.

Trail is marked well. Trash is overflowing in the trash cans but didn’t see any trash on the trail itself. Enjoyed the trail and plan to return soon.

nice trails to walk on in terms of forest growth, species diversity, bird calls, and river views. However, frequent encounter with beer cans and other trash thrown by irresponsible people and a state with no bottle law incentive forces me to give it only 3 stars.

Have done this trail several times. Lots of very beautiful views. Easy walking hardly break a sweat

on High Falls Trail

20 days ago

I loved it. Crossing the West Fork Trail and up the meadow into the woods... couple of good camping sites before you cross the ridge. Couple more at the bottom by the river, and one real nice one by the falls.

20 days ago

Easy walk

Did this trail yesterday. We started at timber Ridge Trail because they were doing some work at beginning of Long Point. So glad we did. Taking the longer route it ended up being about 5 miles in all but the view at the end of Long Point made it all worthwhile. The view was breathtaking! We did take the Longview trail out since it was later in the day otherwise it would have been much longer. So glad we did not miss this one.

22 days ago

Tried to get to this trail via Loop Rd from Blackwater Falls side & had to turn around. The road conditions are rougher than I expected. Its so washed out that there was no way my SUV would have cleared the rock drop offs. Also some very deep puddles that cannot be crossed. I recommend you find another route unless you have a Jeep & like an off-road challenge.

road biking
23 days ago

Nice easy trail

Beautiful falls! Fairly easy just lots of stairs.

Enjoyed a brisk 6 mike hike early morning on June 22, 2018 from Stony Bottom to Cass.

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