The Best Outdoor Activities in West Virginia
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Camp at Bear Rocks
West Virginia / Bear Rocks Trailhead
This particular hike is great as there are multiple camping sites, both established and backcountry, and views for miles around almost every bend.
Hike Seneca Rocks
West Virginia / Seneca Rocks Parking Area
Seneca Rocks is probably one of the best known landmarks in West Virginia. This iconic formation sits 900 feet above the North Fork River.
Backpack White Rocks, George Washington NF
West Virginia / White Rock Trail Parking Area
The trail begins near the upper parking area next to a closed gate. If you park in the lower parking area, you'll have to walk about .3 miles up the road to get to this gate.
Photograph the Glade Creek Grist Mill
West Virginia / Babcock State Park
Hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains near the New River Gorge sits an extremely photogenic grist mill.
Hike to Brush Creek Falls
West Virginia / Brush Creek Falls Trail
Brush Creek Falls is a beautiful 25' waterfall that spans across Brush Creek. It is accessed via a short 0.5 mile hike with minimal elevation gain.
Hike Big Schloss
West Virginia / Wolf Gap Campground
Big Schloss (the German word for “palace”) is a popular hike in the George Washington National Forest. The trailhead is conveniently located at the Wolf Gap Campground.
Camp at Red Creek Campground
West Virginia / Red Creek Campground, WV
Beginning your hikes from the Red Creek Campground gives you plenty of good options.
Photograph the New River Gorge Bridge
West Virginia / New River Gorge Bridge Visitor Center
A 0.25 mile wooded boardwalk takes you down to an overlook of the 3,030 foot tall steel arch bridge. There are about 150 steps, so the walk back up the visitor center can be tiring.
Hike to Sandstone Falls
West Virginia / Sandstone Falls Trailhead
Starting at the trailhead, follow signs for the falls. After a short walk, hikers will reach the walkway bridge where they can snap a couple shots of the minor Sandstone Falls to the right.
Hike to Tibbet Knob
West Virginia / Tibbet Knob Trailhead
Park for free at Wolf Gap Campground and cross the road where you will pass some picnic tables and campsites. Follow the signs to the the yellow blazed Tibbet Knob trail.
Hike to Chimney Rock in the Monongahela National Forest
West Virginia / Landis Trail
Chimney Rock (also referred to as Chimney Top) is a hidden gem in the Monongahela National Forest that offers some of the best views in the state of West Virginia.
Backpack the Lions Head Loop
West Virginia / Dolly Sods Wilderness
What used to be an artillery testing site during WWII, Dolly Sods is a great place for backpackers of almost any expertise.
Photograph Bear Rocks Preserve
West Virginia / Bear Rocks Preserve
The Bear Rocks Preserve is a 477 acre land tract maintained and supported by The Nature Conservancy.
Camp at Wolf Gap
West Virginia / Wolf Gap Campground
Wolf Gap is a FREE year round campground located just outside of Woodstock, VA.
Photograph Cathedral Falls
West Virginia / Cathedral Falls
Since this waterfall is less than 200 feet from the parking lot, visiting this waterfall provides a huge reward for minimal physical effort.
Photograph Blackwater Falls
West Virginia / Blackwater Falls Parking Area
Blackwater Falls State Park is a lesser known state park in northern West Virginia. The waterfall is easily accessible.
Hike to Lindy Point in Blackwater Falls State Park
West Virginia / Lindy Point Parking Lot
If you go to Blackwater Falls State Park for the falls, stay for the overlooks. This one, the most popular in the park, overlooks Blackwater Canyon from 3,000 feet above.
Hike Table Rock
West Virginia / Table Rock Trail Head
This hidden gem is located near Lindy Point and Blackwater Falls State Park. Unlike Lindy Point, which is very popular, hikers are usually able to enjoy the views from Table Rock all by themselves.
Camp at Yokum's Vacationland
West Virginia / Seneca Rocks Parking Area
With warm weather, we couldn't wait to go camping so we drove a few miles south of us to Yokum's Vacationland to camp in a teepee.
Hike to the Henry Clay Furnace
West Virginia / Clay Run Trail
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.
Hike to Rohrbaugh Cliffs in Dolly Sods
West Virginia / Rohrbaugh Plains Trailhead
Rohrbaugh Cliffs is the social name given to the expansive views found along the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail.
Hike the Endless Wall Trail
West Virginia / Endless Wall Trail
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.
Take in the View at Pendleton Point Overlook in Blackwater Falls SP
West Virginia / Pendleton Point Parking
Pendleton Point Overlook in Blackwater Falls State Park provides visitors with expansive views of Blackwater Canyon.
Hike the Long Point Trail
West Virginia / Long Point Trail
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.
Photograph Grandview Overlook in the New River Gorge
West Virginia / Grandview Overlook
From the main parking lot at Grandview's visitor center, follow the well marked paved trail about 0.1 miles to the Main Overlook. There is a large platform for viewing the New River here.
Explore the Spruce Knob Observation Tower
West Virginia / Spruce Knob Trailhead
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.
Camp at Blackwater Falls State Park
West Virginia / Blackwater Falls Camp Ground
Blackwater Falls State Park is one of 36 state parks in West Virginia and is located just north of the Canaan Valley less than two miles from Davis, WV.
Take in the View at Coopers Rock Overlook
West Virginia / Coopers Rock Overlook
The Coopers Rock Overlook is the crown jewel of Coopers Rock State Forest. The name is derived from a legend about a fugitive who hid near the overlook to elude capture.
Hike the Hawks Nest Rail Trail
West Virginia / Hawks Nest Rail Trail
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.
Watch a Sunrise at Hawks Nest Overlook
West Virginia / Hawks Nest Overlook
Hawk's Nest State Park is a true gem in the New River Gorge area.
Hike the Kaymoor Miners Trail
West Virginia / Kaymoor Miners Trail
Kaymoor was on old West Virginia coal mining town that thrived in the early 1900's until it was abandoned in the 1950's.
Hike Around the Trails of Nuttallburg
West Virginia / Nuttallburg, West Virginia
**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.
Photograph Mash Fork and Campbell Falls in Camp Creek SP
West Virginia / Camp Creek State Park Parking
Right off interstate I-77, Camp Creek State Park has two waterfalls that you can easily access: Mash Fork Falls and Campbell Falls.
Hike to Turkey Creek Falls in Hawks Nest SP
West Virginia / Hawks Nest Lake
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.
Hike Weverton Cliffs Overlook from Harpers Ferry
West Virginia / Harpers Ferry Shuttle Pick Up
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).