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Looking for the best hiking in West Virginia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around West Virginia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Hiking Spots in and near West Virginia

  • Davis, West Virginia

    Hike to Rohrbaugh Cliffs in Dolly Sods

    5 mi
    Rohrbaugh Cliffs is the social name given to the expansive views found along the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail.  This easy hike in the Dolly Sods Wilderness will take you to one of the best overlooks in the area.  For a longer or more challenging hike, connect this trail with one of the many others in t...
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  • Elkins, West Virginia

    Hike to High Falls in Monongahela National Forest

    8.2 mi / 1440 ft gain
    Though this beautiful hike is a serious workout, it's actually quite easy to follow. It's also listed on Google Maps - I'd highly recommend downloading the map offline just in case something happens. Starting at the trailhead (park at a pull-off along the gravel road just a few hundred feet befor...
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  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    Hike Weverton Cliffs Overlook from Harpers Ferry

    8.2 mi / 925 ft gain
    Parking and trail head: Park at the Harpers Ferry Visitors Center for $10 (171 Shoreline Dr, Bolivar, WV 25425) and take the shuttle a mile and a half to lower town (free).  Walk straight from the shuttle to the large bridge. Cross the bridge to hop on the C&O canal trail. This is the point w...
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  • Riverton, West Virginia

    Spruce Knob Observation Tower

    0.34 mi / 33 ft gain
    Driving to the top of Spruce Mountain is perhaps the most difficult part of the journey. Once at the top of Spruce Mountain, park and head south along a short, 0.2 mile long trail that leads to the official state highpoint of Spruce Knob. Be sure to find the USGS marker near the base of the obser...
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  • Renick, West Virginia

    Explore Beartown State Park

    0.6 mi / 50 ft gain
    From Rt. 219 about 7 miles south of Hillsboro, West Virginia, there are well-marked signs for Beartown State Park. This narrow road winds about a mile until the small parking area for the state park.   The boardwalk trail starts to the left of the bathrooms, and it is encouraged to walk the trail...
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  • Hillsboro, West Virginia

    Hike the Falls of Hills Creek, Monongahela NF

    1.8 mi / 300 ft gain
    From the parking lot, the paved handicap-accessible trail switchbacks to a view of the upper falls (20'). The falls are a bit hard to see from the viewpoint, so it's best to continue down the trail.  At the upper falls the trail changes to wooden stairs that descend gradually down. You will cross...
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  • Wardensville, West Virginia

    Camp at Wolf Gap

    Wolf Gap is a FREE year round campground located just outside of Woodstock, VA. It is a great base camp for several scenic hikes like the Tibbet Knob trail (trailhead is just across the road) and the popular Big Schloss trail (trailhead begins at campsite number 9) -- super convenient if you hav...
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  • Waiteville, West Virginia

    Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

    1.93 mi / 381 ft gain
    Located on Limestone Hill Road north of  Waiteville, WV at about 3800 feet above sea level is an old Fire watch tower. The tower, built in 1956 was abandoned in 1972. In 1983 the US Forest Department acquired this area as part of the Jefferson National Forest. Since then the Tower has become know...
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  • Fairmont, West Virginia

    Rhododendron Trail and Rocky Trail Loop

    3.82 mi / 738 ft gain
    A former lumber and gristmill community, Valley Falls State Park offers one of the most accessible--and massive--waterfalls in WV. Just a few dozen yards from the parking lot, you'll find the park's namesake (and probably a lot of people, engagement photoshoots, and just general mayhem). But if y...
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  • Ansted, West Virginia

    Hike the Hawks Nest Rail Trail

    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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  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

    Hike the Kaymoor Miners Trail

    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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  • Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

    Raven’s Rock Overlook

    2.4 mi / 554 ft gain
    The Raven’s Rock Trail leading to the Raven’s Rock Overlook is easily the second most photographed area of the Coopers Rock State Forest! There are two ways to access the trail which doubles as an access road. The first trail access can be found along the WV County Road 73/16 also known as Coope...
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  • Morgantown, West Virginia

    Hike to the Henry Clay Furnace

    1.8 mi / 70 ft gain
    Across the road from the McCollum camping area entrance of Coopers Rock sits the entry point of the Clay Run Trail. With a hiking distance of 1.8 miles (1 hour and 10 minute walking time), this adventure will lead you to a jaw-dropping landmark, the Henry Clay Furnace.Built between 1834 and 1836,...
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  • Cabins, West Virginia

    North Fork Mountain Trail & Chimney Top

    22.84 mi / 4390 ft gain
    One of my favorite hikes in West Virginia, since the whole ridge is full of views.  Backpacking the North Fork Mountain Trail is about 24.7 miles in total and a challenging hike but with relentless views. In my opinion, the best West Virginia has to offer. Summertime backpacking the whole the NF...
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  • Danese, West Virginia

    Camp at Babcock State Park

    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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  • Maysville, West Virginia

    Dolly Sods North Loop via Bear Rocks

    11.69 mi / 1171 ft gain
    Arguably one of the most beautiful hiking areas on the United States' east coast, the Dolly Sods Wilderness inarguably has the most unique trailhead warning sign: Watch out for unexploded ordinance in the area. (The U.S. Army used the area for artillery and mortar training during WWII.) Don't fre...
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