Best camping trails in West Virginia

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Map of camping trails in West Virginia
Top trails (82)
#1 - Bear Rocks/Lions Head Loop
Dolly Sods Wilderness
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Length: 19.6 mi • Est. 9 h 18 m
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
#2 - Blackwater Falls
Blackwater Falls State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 15 m
#3 - 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
Reviews suggest Dobbin Grade Trail is extremely muddy so we try to set up overnight camp along Red Creek where Raven Ridge Trail intersects Dobbin Grade Trail and retrace the trail back to the starting point.Show more
#4 - Spruce Knob via Huckleberry Trail
Potomac Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
This is an excellent length day hike that takes around 5.5 - 6 hours round trip to the Spruce Knob summit and back. There is light bushwhacking for the first mile and typical muddy portions of trail on Huckleberry. None of the land marks are difficult to find but it takes some mental toughness to continue when there seems to be no trail at the beginning of the trek. There is parking on the turnoff to the left. Show more
#5 - Coopers Rock State Forest Loop
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Coopers Rock offers activities for fishers, hikers, hunters, campers and rock climbers. Several trails wind through forest valleys, through enormous boulders, and over ridges. A 6-acre pond that is regularly stocked with trout provides fishing in season. Please note this is a series of several connecting trails that may not be well marked. Be sure to use map to guide you along the way as to not get lost.Show more
#6 - North Fork Mountain Trail: Out-and-Back from Route 33
Monongahela National Forest
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Length: 17.7 mi • Est. 8 h 45 m
If you're looking for a spectacular backpacking trip without too much difficulty, this is the trail for you. The North Fork Mountain Trail actually runs all the way from Route 33, northeast up to Route 28. The route on this page has the hiker starting at the southern terminus, Route 33, and then hiking roughly 9 miles, before turning around and returning to 33. Hikers can start this route from either direction, and there are even access trails for those looking to shorten their trip, or make it a point-to-point. You could leave a car at either end, and then hike the whole way point-to-point to the other end. The views along this trail are incredible, as you traverse the spine of North Fork Mountain. There are many campsites and springs along the way. You'll have to park your car right along 33, but there is parking there.Show more
#7 - Appalachian Trail: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 18.7 mi • Est. 9 h
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 7 h 9 m
#9 - Tibbet Knob Trail from Wolf Gap Campground
George Washington National Forest - Lee District
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#10 - Blackbird Knob Trail
Monongahela National Forest
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
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