Explore the most popular views 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.

Went on a wet weekend and tried to pick a hike where mud wouldn’t be too much of an issue. This hike was a great choice. Recommend doing loop to the right for a steeper ascent and more gradual descent. Had to take shoes off multiple times to cross Red Creek. The waterfall was beautiful. Hike was definitely more than 7 miles (guessing maybe 8 miles). On the 2nd half of the loop, we were slowed down by lots of muddy parts but we had a lot of fun with it! No views or overlooks but the forest was magical and we really enjoyed the hike!

hiking
16 hours ago

Did this hike on a wet Saturday. Saw no one on the hike except for a forest ranger. Beautiful forest with a nice overlook point. Rated moderate but totally suitable for kids. We ended up doing a loop which was fun and totaled about 5 miles. Lots of trails back there so take a map so you don’t get lost. At some points can be confusing which way to go. Easily accessible from the lake. We had a great time and not too muddy even though had rained.

Tall grass. Lots of sunny areas. Go left at the loop as it is sharper hill that way.

hiking
1 day ago

Very well maintained and beautiful trail. I am a beginner level hiker and this trail was perfect for me. It had been raining the day before so there were some slick rocks and muddy spots but even then it wasn’t very tough at all. Still definitely felt like I got some good exercise without struggling to much. Overlooks were breathtaking. Parking at Fern Creek meant the partial road walk back to the car was downhill.

on Endless Wall

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike. I highly recommend going down the metal ladders to the rock climbing access area. You can hike along the bottom of the endless wall and meet/watch climbers. Lots of great views from the cliffs when you climb back to the top. This is a fun/adventurous trail for all skill levels.

Brutal yet beautiful! Challenging hike to the top but a very nice, well maintained and clearly marked trail.

The start and stop point could be better marked or described as both myself and another couple spent a decent amount of time trying to find the trail... so here is what I suggest. Follow directions per the map but once you get to the looped road where it shows you start drive just past the loop and park on the left- you’ll see a spot.

From parking to trailhead- continue walking up the road to where it dead ends at a cabin and you will see the trail head sign on the right hand side as you approach the cabin. From here you can go either left or right as it is a looped trail.

Besides a bit of initial confusion finding the trail- the hike was wonderful!

Not walkable. Too much trash.

absolutely love this trail

hiking
2 days ago

Fairly easy. Well marked and maintained trail.

Absolutely beautiful view! Well worth the climb.

First time I have hiked this. We hiked directly after hiking the Maryland Heights. Hot day but lots of fun. Around 15 miles in total

hiking
2 days ago

Second time this. We were with a Make-A-Wish fund raising group. It was super humid, but lots of fun. Great views of Harpers Ferry

Simple hike with nice views at the end

mountain biking
2 days ago

Did Ellenboro to Pensboro out and back than West to tunnel 7 and back nice ride

The road leading up to the trail was extremely dangerous to go up ,and I would not recommend taking a car that won't withstand off roading. There are many sharp turns in the weathered gravel road.

The upper loop was challenging but leveled out at the top. plus there were much fewer people on that part of the trail

started off as the only people on the trail, pretty eerie. but as we decended, we crossed paths with a handful of other hikers! a lot of bushwhacking to the summit, would recommend long pants if you want to avoid scratches! such a beautiful view, great place for photo ops!

Took about 3 hours total out and back. Amazing views at the top. It's uphill for almost a solid 3 miles, the trail up to chimney top is marked by rock stacks along the trail. The trail is well marked the whole way and is even clear on the side trail to chimney top. The side trail is very very steep so be prepared. This trail is definitely difficult but totally worth it the the views.

hiking
3 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails to hike around Morgantown, mainly for the view payoff at the end of the trail. It is becoming increasingly popular so can be busy at times. The trail itself is very rocky and muddy in spots. I have to pay attention to every step as to make sure I don't twist my ankle. Easy walk until the final ascent which is very steep and walking back is a gradual climb.
I hike out to Ravens Rock several times a year, always go back for more.

trail running
3 days ago

Beautiful park and trail. The water is crystal clear, and the ferns in the woods were gorgeous. I do agree that I wouldn't say this trail is easy, as it is overgrown in places and is fairly rocky, but this trail was definitely worth it!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful trail

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely beautiful views

Wonderful hike with lots of altitude! Def got my heart racing. We finished it up with a rest at the top in about 2 hours.

Go to one miler for the family. My 3 year old easily keeps up and can climb up to the top of the rock formation. Not blazed but the path is really clear.

I'm sentimental about this trail - I hiked it as a kid many times. That, coupled with the natural beauty make it worth anyone's while to take a walk on it.

I really enjoyed this trail but my God we’re the spiders bad yesterday! About every ten feet was a new web waiting to smack me in the face.

I found myself a nice big rock to lay on with an amazing view about a mile and a half in, but be careful if you decide to go to the rocks as I saw a rather large copperhead (picture posted) between some of the rocks. Next time I will have to hike with my fishing pole as there was plenty of fishing access points along the length of the trail.

On the final incline the trail became a real battle as most people don’t seem to go that far up. Which is a shame because it is very beautiful up there. There were a few large downed trees, and the trail was mostly overgrown at this point and became hard to follow and the spiders became progressively worse.

On the way out the spiders wasted no time in yet again conveniently placing their webs in my face.

I will do this trail again in the fall as I feel it would be the best time to get some of the views offered by this trail with the leaves not obstructing some of the scenery.

I did not hear any growling, but I do believe I found a few bear prints on the trail (picture posted).

Awesome trail with ladder access to climb down and explore other trails! Sights are incredible! Check it out!

switch backs almost all the way up but beautiful views from the top

hiking
7 days ago

Parked at Harpers Ferry instead of trail head which adds about another mile each way. Park can be accessed earlier than stated opening time and boxes are used to pay entrance fees. From Harpers Ferry, you cross the bridge from West Virginia into Maryland with lots of opportunities to see trains emerging from the tunnel and passing by you. Overlook for harpers ferry second to none but can get crowded on weekends. If you do the full Maryland Heights loop, counter clockwise is less strenuous in terms of ascending to the top. Well populated trail with lots of friendly dogs.

This is a beautiful hike but it’s much more difficult than I expected. Be prepared and bring at least two liters of water per person. If you go in the summer like I did then you are going to sweat, a lot. Wear study hiking boots with ankle support, the rocky terrain can be tricky. Once you get to the overlook be prepared for one of the most majestic views you can see in this area. I happily spent 3 hours taking in the view and taking pictures whenever I noticed a change in the light. The trek back down reminds you of the pains you felt getting there as it starts with another difficult hike back to the main trail head, but once you get there it’s all down hill from there and is quite enjoyable as long as you’re paying attention to the rocks.

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