Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Fun little walk close to downtown. The trail is clean and stroller accessible.

Nice falls. Trail map was a little misleading.

Fairly challenging but a good length with a great view of the Harpers Ferry train bridge at the end. It’s quite steep at the very beginning and coming back up from the overlook at the end, but the elevation gain is mostly all in one place. The trail is manageable even when muddy.

My only complaint is that there isn’t much to look at along the trail aside from the view at the end and crossing the Shenandoah at the beginning.

mountain biking
18 days ago

Had a great time riding the trails, nice upkeep, like the wood bridges that crossed the large mudd areas.

hiking
18 days ago

Good trail for people just starting out hiking. The second falls is a little tricky to find in times of little rainfall. I’ve also done this on mountain bike, and the rock gardens are challenging.

hiking
20 days ago

Great short 3 mi. round trip with and awesome view. With great shots of the bridge, trains down below. Photographers bring you cameras. And hiker just bring your love for awesome views

Great trail with amazing view of Charleston from the top. Trailhead is walking distance from downtown.

hiking
21 days ago

Challenging trail, good exercise

varied terrain with a tough climb. nice scenery. challenging hike for the family, and marshy in spots. overall very nice

The trail, even when wet, is great! The initial ascent coming up from Shenandoah Road is probably the toughest part of the whole route. The actual Loudoun Heights trail is flat to rolling with no particularly challenging parts. A great hike to chain with Maryland Heights if you've got the time.

Phenomenal. The civil war rifle pits and breastworks are the highlight of this amazing trail. There is a high level empathy to be experienced for those gone before who fought for the freedoms that we all enjoy in this great country. Not to mention the incredible views from the split rock spot. Btw, the actual split rock is amazingly beautiful in and of itself, with veins of granite running through the large boulder.

Loved the hike beautiful scenery and very nice camping area. I would definitely go back every chance I get to.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and relatively flat trail that takes you to a wonderful view of the bridge. Avoid the evening if you’re looking to get a good photo. The mountain shadows cover half the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a great view! I completed the trail in October - it definitely has some muddy patches but overall is well marked and fairly well maintained. As far as the drive in goes, Canaan Loop Road (FR 13) is a loop. The trailhead is approximately halfway through the loop. The section of the loop that goes from Blackwater Falls to just before the trailhead requires four wheel drive. However, the section that begins on 32 in Canaan Heights is drivable with a car (mine is a Honda Accord) without four wheel drive, at least in the summer and fall.

Nice trail to review the history of the area. The trail winds through Stiles Mansion and the grounds where it was once located.

hiking
1 month ago

A fun hike. I went in late November with a dusting of snow on the ground - absolutely beautiful. The falls are gorgeous but the hike in and out is even better.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail, not much to see

June 2018- took us a little over 3.5 hours. We left at 9 AM and parking was fine. Saw the ATC, pretty views of the Potomac and Harpers Ferry.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice long trail BUT, take a map. it's very easy to get off track on this one.Other than that, there is every possible kind of scenery to be found.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I bike with a friend and together we have 5 kids 8-16yo. This is one of our favorites at Beech Fork. Lots of variety from easy to moderate.

Fun easy trail. Really dry considering how much it has rained lately. Definitely family and pet friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail with a variety of surface areas. There are rocky areas to clamber over, muddy stream beds to navigate, a spot where there's no visible trail ( which makes AllTrails invaluable), and long stretches of easy walking. There are lots of deer and I saw a pair of large owls. Much of the trail is just a few feet off a paved road, which is helpful when you run out of time.

Neat, Historic

2 months ago

great trail

hiking
2 months ago

This challenging trail intrigued me. 820 is a LOT of stairs. I had some doubts whether my knees or hips or feet or whatever would present a problem. ( I’m not no young gun anymore ) But I was not going to let that stop me. I HAD to do it. It was nowhere as bad as I thought it would be. I just broke the trip back up in to chunks ( i counted ) and took mini breaks. It was neat seeing the abandoned mining operations and and interesting facts regarding the history of the haulage ops. I have to give a LOT of credit to the West Virginians who used this trail. back in the day. They were some real badasses for sure.

P.S. I was VERY glad for every bit of training I did with the kettlebell and stairmaster prior to this hike!

November 18, 2018

Wife and I hiked this route. It snowed the day before, so the melting snow made hiking a little treacherous, but not unmanageable. My only gripe was the trail was not marked showing the direction of split rock outlook. Once you know the colors of the trail markers, it's easy going. The trampled snow helped too. I'd do it again, just not when it was this late in the year.

Great trail. Going counter clockwise it starts around the lake and the latter half into the mountains. I went at the end of fall in mid November and the orange and yellow trees were beautiful.

trail running
2 months ago

there are many trails and it was difficult to find the entrances. i got lost and ran much longer than i wanted. no good trail signs

hiking
2 months ago

this is a great trail. my wife and I did this trail and thought it was kind of boring at first but the end results are breathtaking. i would recommend hiking boots, there are some ankle eaters along this trail.

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