Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

on Spruce Knob Loop

1 day ago

It's a beautiful hike that essentially takes in a circle around the summit. It's not strenous or challenging at all, it's more meant for someone that drove up to the summit to look around and see some more views. I think it took my wife and I 15-20 min with stopping to take pictures. Overall nice views, but if you're looking for a hike it's a little short.

Nice walk through the WV forest. Wide trail for most part. Took our Lab and Boxer, they loved it.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a nice hike, not to difficult with a great view at the end which is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy a drink and maybe have a bite to eat. I would do this trail again.

The falls were pretty, we started right near the lodge, where the falls is, rest of the hike was just forest, peaceful but not as exciting as I had hoped it to be.

Short, easy hike to a spectacular view

hiking
7 days ago

Moderate is the perfect way to describe the difficulty - a gradual ascent up to the platform through switchbacks, your heart will be pumping but not so much that you need to stop very often. The view is wonderful & as it’s a mostly shaded path through the woods it can be done on even hot days. I recommend parking in the heritage house lot rather than taking the trail from the visitor center & just stopping by that after the hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Very easy trail, nice and wide. Good for bringing your family on. Some cool bridges and rock scenery.

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!

This trail was wonderful! It actually has two entrances, if you take the one behind the mill, it is a very interesting hike.

Steady climb up. Lots of switchback but a great trail. Very we maintained. Ton of people out- kids and puppies included. It is a good bit of cardio and is not a light walk. Proper footwear is encouraged . The overlook platform is very nice. We climbed a little past that on the rocks. This is only suggested if you are confident in your skills and have proper shoes on. There’s a lot of climbers utilizing this as well. Moderate is a good rating.

hiking
8 days ago

A well blazed and very pleasant walk in the woods (and not too muddy despite the rain yesterday). FYI, the trailhead is to the left of the parking lot.

This was a great hike. A lot of forest views. We went up to Balanced Rock and kept going until we came out at the "farm" where the Yellow Birch Trail started. It had rained the day before, so boots were definitely nice to have. You can go down to the Elakala Falls if you continue down the right, over the hill, where you can see somewhat of a trail. The rocks are slippery (obviously), so use caution. There wasn't a lot of traffic on this trail. In 2 hours we only passed four people. If anyone else is into stickers for their water bottles or laptops, the gift shop by the actual Blackwater Falls has a ton. Great trail!!

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 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).

Good moderate trail. Was a bit cloudy but great views overlooking West VA

10 days ago

We went in early July and it was very green and beautiful. A lot of tall, old-growth canopies, lush undergrowth. The trail has some steep parts as well as flat, mossy clearing areas. We noticed some poison ivy by the trail so pants would be a plus. When you get out to the knob on the way out, you are rewarded with a beautiful view before heading back to the trailhead.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 days ago

Easily overlooked gem... Easy short hike to a spectacular view. I've always ended up hiking this trail late in the day. I'm sure picture taking would be better in the morning. Hunt this little guy down. You won't be disappointed.

hiking
10 days ago

Great short hike with spectacular view of the New River Gorge Bridge at the end. There is one slightly steep rocky section. View at the end is on an unprotected cliff. Hang on to your young hikers.

Beautiful scenery -skip the trail and climb the rocks.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice easy trail. Mostly in the shade. You do hear a lot of interstate noise though.

Nice easy trail. Mostly shaded but a lot of noise from I-79.

hiking
13 days ago

The bridge IS closed just before Minden. It’d be nice if they would just add a trail to skip the bridge. It’s a super cool hike though.
From the trailhead about .2 Miles in, look for the remains of the coal town Newlyn. The big rectangle by the river was the company store (with post office) and you can see a slab that was part of a bridge next to it. My family ran the coal town in the early 1900’s until a fire destroyed the coal loading rig.

quick hike, and a must see.

Also has a climbing area. Well worth adding it to your trail.

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.

Limited parking, but great for something not too far away from the city.

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.

The trail does not exist at the geo-referenced trailhead. It is all fenced off and overgrown there. Instead, you can join part of the trail below the nature center. It nice enough for that part of the trail, but a bit muddy. I did that part several times to get the mileage I wanted. There is one part that is unsafe for people without proper shoes due to vertical climb with mud. Pretty forest and nicely shaded with a few spur trails coming off it. Just don’t try to start trail at trailhead.

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