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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Camp at Wolf Gap

West Virginia / Wolf Gap Campground

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Explore Beartown State Park

West Virginia / Beartown Rocks SP Walking Loop

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hike to the Nuttallburg Headhouse

West Virginia / Nuttallburg Head House

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.

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Hike the Falls of Hills Creek, Monongahela NF

West Virginia / Falls of Hills Creek

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.

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Walk Around the Cranberry Glades, Monongahela NF

West Virginia / Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

From the parking lot, the boardwalk trail breaks off of the right side of the lot.  The boardwalk loop should be done in a clockwise direction and there are signs to direct you.

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Hike to Raven’s Rock Overlook

West Virginia / Ravens Rock Trail

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 ac.

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