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.

Christin Healey
559 Saves

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.

Lucas Gashi
388 Saves

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.

Susan Billings
159 Saves

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.

Elyse Clark
151 Saves

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.

Jason Hatfield
151 Saves

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.

Brett Rothmeyer
125 Saves

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.

Adam Mustafa
90 Saves

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.

Sarah Giek
81 Saves

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.

Matthew Ady
77 Saves

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.

Reid Koutstaal
48 Saves

Camp at Wolf Gap

West Virginia / Wolf Gap Campground

Wolf Gap is a FREE year round campground located just outside of Woodstock, VA.

Kelly Park
47 Saves

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.

Kelly Park
43 Saves

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.

Mallory McCrea
36 Saves

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.

Elyse Clark
32 Saves

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.

Ryan Hreczkosiej
30 Saves

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.

Sarah Giek
22 Saves

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.

Elyse Clark
17 Saves

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.

Sarah Giek
13 Saves

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.

Elyse Clark
12 Saves

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.

Sarah Giek
10 Saves

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.

Jess Fischer
9 Saves

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.

Sarah Giek
9 Saves

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.

Elyse Clark
8 Saves

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.

Sarah Giek
6 Saves