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Ansted, West Virginia

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  • Ansted, West Virginia

    Hike the Hawks Nest Rail Trail

    4.3
    3.6 mi / 200 ft gain
    You can start walking on this well-graded rail trail either from Ansted or down by the New River at the Hawk's Nest Nature Center. If you start from the top you will lose a couple hundred feet in elevation and have to walk back up to your car (it is an easy walk though). Bikes are also allowed on...
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  • Ansted, West Virginia

    Turkey Creek Falls in Hawks Nest SP

    0.99 mi / 26 ft gain
    Park in the boat ramp lot by Hawks Nest Lake. Note that the road to get down to this parking lot is a one lane (two-way traffic) steep gravel road, but it is passable with low-clearance vehicles.  From the parking area take the path towards the Hawks Nest Dam, also labeled the "Fisherman's Trail...
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  • Ansted, West Virginia

    Watch a Sunrise at Hawks Nest Overlook

    5.0
    Hawk's Nest State Park is a true gem in the New River Gorge area. It has a roadside overlook that looks out over a horseshoe bend of the New River with views of the Hawk's Nest Dam and of a railroad bridge across the river. From the parking area, simply walk about 200 feet out to the stone overlo...
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  • Gauley Bridge, West Virginia

    Photograph Cathedral Falls

    4.3
    Since this waterfall is less than 200 feet from the parking lot, visiting this waterfall provides a huge reward for minimal physical effort. From the parking lot, cross the bridge over the stream and follow the trail on the right side of the stream/waterfall.  To have the best view of the falls c...
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  • Lansing, West Virginia

    Canyon Rim Overlook Boardwalk

    5.0
    0.62 mi / 151 ft gain
    Canyon Rim Overlook Boardwalk is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Lansing, West Virginia.
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  • Edmond, West Virginia

    Hike the Endless Wall Trail

    4.7
    2 mi / 260 ft gain
    From the Fern Creek Trailhead this is a 2.0 mile out and back hike to Diamond Point. The trail is relatively flat with minimal elevation gain and has a bridge stream crossing. When you arrive at the sign stating "Climber's Access", take a short side trip here to see the views of the gorge. Contin...
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  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

    Hike the Kaymoor Miners Trail

    5.0
    2 mi / 900 ft gain
    Kaymoor was on old West Virginia coal mining town that thrived in the early 1900's until it was abandoned in the 1950's. Along this trail you will see remnants of the old mine entrance, mining cars, a coal processing plant, and coke ovens, among other structures. This trail, although short, is qu...
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  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

    Hike to the Nuttallburg Headhouse

    1.4 mi / 400 ft gain
    From Lansing-Edmond road, turn right onto Beauty Mountain Road. Go for 0.1 miles and the road will appear to split into three roads. The main road goes left, but take the middle road here. After another 0.1 miles you will arrive at a gate with a few parking spaces on the left side. Do not block t...
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  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

    Hike the Long Point Trail

    4.8
    3.2 mi / 200 ft gain
    With minimal elevation gain, this 3.2 mile hike can be done in a short amount of time. From the parking lot, take the trail to the right of the bathroom. There will be two trail intersections at 0.4 miles and 0.7 miles, both of which are well marked. Stay straight at both intersections to remain ...
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  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

    Hike Around the Trails of Nuttallburg

    5.0
    3 mi / 200 ft gain
    **The road to Nuttallburg is part gravel and only wide enough for one car. Take caution driving along this road-you may have to back up some if you meet another car. Nuttallburg is an old coal mining town that once thrived in the early 1900's, but fell into ruin and then was restored by the Natio...
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  • Edmond, West Virginia

    Beauty Mountain Trail

    5.0
    1.1 mi / 279 ft gain
    The Beauty Mountain Trail Head is located less than 10 miles form Fayetteville, WV.  To reach the trail head, you will have to travel down some very narrow roads, and I recommend going old school and printing out the directions because cell service in the area is not the best.  Once at the trail ...
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  • Danese, West Virginia

    Camp at Babcock State Park

    5.0
    Babcock State Park is one of 36 state parks in West Virginia and is located just Southeast of Fayetteville, WV.  Babcock State Park has over 4,000 acres, making it a great place to camp while you explore the beautiful area.  The campground has 51 campsites for tents and is open from the last week...
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  • Danese, West Virginia

    Hike Skyline Trail at Babcock State Park

    5.0
    4 mi / 300 ft gain
    The skyline trail is a 4 mile out and back trail that allows you to start from either end. I prefer to start from the lower trail head near Cabin 5. To get to this trailhead: enter the park, and follow the narrow road the leads to cabins 1-6. Drive down the road until you reach cabin 5, and find ...
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  • Danese, West Virginia

    Photograph the Glade Creek Grist Mill

    5.0
    Hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains near the New River Gorge sits an extremely photogenic grist mill. A recreation of the original mills that dotted West Virginia, Glade Creek Grist Mill was completed in 1976 at Babcock SP. Built fully operational from the parts of 3 other WV mills, it was p...
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  • Danese, West Virginia

    Island in the Sky Trail

    5.0
    0.8 mi / 108 ft gain
    To reach the trailhead, park at the main parking area near Glade Creek Grist Mill. Cross the bridge toward the grist mill, and the trailhead is directly behind the mill. Even though the Island in the Sky trail is only a mile long out and back, it is lined almost the whole way with rhododendron bu...
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  • Summersville, West Virginia

    Summersville Lake via Orange Oswald

    2.56 mi / 262 ft gain
    Summersville Lake via Orange Oswald is an out-and-back trail near Summersville, West Virginia. Along the route you'll be following closely to the Gauley River and will get views of the both the river and Summersville Lake. This is a good trail if you're looking to stretch your legs and get a quic...
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Camping and Lodging in Ansted

Battle Run
Summersville, West Virginia

Battle Run

Grandview Shelter 2
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Grandview Shelter 3
Beaver, West Virginia

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Grandview Shelter 4
Beaver, West Virginia

Grandview Shelter 4

Grandview Playground Shelter
Beaver, West Virginia

Grandview Playground Shelter

Grandview Shelter 1
Beaver, West Virginia

Grandview Shelter 1

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10 Awesome Hikes in West Virginia

10 Awesome Hikes in West Virginia

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