Hiking in West Virginia

From hardwood forests and open farmland to rushing rivers and high mountains, West Virginia provides outdoor enthusiasts with an abundance of trails to explore the pristine beauty of this mountain state.

West Virginia's mountains and valleys are laced with thousands of miles of private and public hiking trails of every sort, but its system of hiking trails is only now being developed. You can divide up the state into three regions, each with it's own unique characteristics.

Eastern Lowlands
Stunning rock formations and breathtaking farmland, such as that of the Shenandoah Valley, attract hikers through all seasons. Proximity to the beltway makes this a popular area for Washingtonians.

Central Highlands
Some of Appalachia's highest mountains challenge the endurance of hikers, rewarding them with awesome vistas and remote highland microclimates. Trails pour through much of the Monongahela National Forest.

Western Lowlands
The low hills and sleepy river valleys near the Ohio River provide for year-round hiking. Trails may be muddy in winter and spring, but the region enjoys warmer temperatures than do its higher counterparts.
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Thurmond-Mindon-Eskin Trail, West Virginia
Thurmond-Mindon-Eskin Trail, West Virginia
Oak Hill, West Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 9.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Fun for all levels. Very scenic.

This is probably one of my favorite trails to ride my mountain bike. Not only is there great scenery but there is a bit of history with the train station as well. I typically start out at the parking lot that is gravel by the train station then head on the pavement towards the Thurmond-Mindon trail head. From then on it is a slight railroad grade...
Pond Run and White Rocks Trails
Pond Run and White Rocks Trails
Wardensville, West Virginia, United States
 
Difficult: 13.9 miles, Half day
Take in spectacular views along the Pond Run Circuit in George Washington National Forest

The trail is steep and rough at times so this is only for experienced hikers. From its start on Waites Run, this circuit climbs some 1300+ feet at times on a steep and rough footway, for about 2 miles along Pond Run. Then the trail takes a side trip to an old fire tower site on Halfmoon Lookout where the views are nothing short of spectacular!
Loudon Heights Trails
Loudon Heights Trails
Bolivar, West Virginia, United States
 
Difficult: 8.6 miles, Half day
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Loudon Heights This high ground was occupied by Confederate general John George Walker during the Battle of Harpers Ferry, September 12-September 15, 1862. Loudoun Heights was also the site of a night attack made on January 10, 1864, by Col. John S. Mosby's Rangers against Major Henry A. Cole's 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Volunteer Cavalry. Mosby's...
Laurel Creek at Little Beaver State Park
Laurel Creek at Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia, United States
 
Difficult: 2.6 miles, 1 hour or less
A nice dog-friendly and family-friendly trail for hiking, running, and biking

This is a nice Hiking/Running/Biking run. Little Beaver "ain't no joke" so to speak when it comes to difficulty. This trail, Laurel Creek, offers a variety of difficulty. You will first go over about 1/10th of a mile of rocks before you cross paths with Laurel Creek. Deer can be seen as well as squirrel and you will most likely run across many of...
Harpers Ferry Lower Town Trails
Harpers Ferry Lower Town Trails
Bolivar, West Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 5.6 miles, Half day
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

This trail guide takes you on a history tour of Harpers Ferry Lower Town. The history of Harpers Ferry has few parallels in the American drama. It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered – involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed...
Harpers Ferry Town Trails
Harpers Ferry Town Trails
Virginius (historical), West Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Virginuis Island Trail to Maryland Heights Trail

Take a walk through Harpers Ferry Trails. Harpers Ferry town is dog friendly. The trails are well shaded until you walk on the bridge towards the Maryland Heights trail. Enjoy the day walking or jogging through the trails.
Harpers Ferry Family Trails
Harpers Ferry Family Trails
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 4.8 miles, Half day
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

This guide consists of family/dog friendly trails. For a shorter hike, you may start at the parking lot under the Route 340 bridge. There is a public restroom located next to the book store and places to sit throughout Shenandoah Street. Enjoy a fun and educational day at Harpers Ferry! The history of Harpers Ferry has few parallels in the American...
School House Ridge North Trail - Bolivar Heights Battlefield
School House Ridge North Trail - Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

From his command post near Halltown, "Stonewall" Jackson methodically and deliberately positioned his cannons "to drive the enemy" into extinction. Indeed, Confederate artillery fire upon Harpers Ferry was effective and demoralizing. Colonel William H. Trimble of the 60th Ohio wrote that there was "not a place where you could lay the palm of your hand...
Murphy-Chambers Farm Trails
Murphy-Chambers Farm Trails
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 3.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

In 1894, Washington, D.C. journalist Kate Field, who had a keen interest in preserving memorabilia of John Brown, spearheaded a campaign to return the fort to Harpers Ferry. Local resident Alexander Murphy made five acres available to Miss Field, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad offered to ship the disassembled fort to Harpers Ferry free of charge....
School House Ridge South
School House Ridge South
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 3.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

School House Ridge is an overlooked and least understood topographic feature associated with Harpers Ferry's Civil War history. Until the turn of the 21st century, very little of School House Ridge was part of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. School House Ridge is parallel to Bolivar Heights and crosses the northeastern end of the Shenandoah...
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Harper's Ferry
by irngynt on Jan 16, 2010
Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 8.3 miles
Light but scenic and historic hike.
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Tri State 12 Mile Harpers Ferry Hike - TEMPLATE
by Aglaia761 on Oct 10, 2010
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 13.2 miles
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Sleepy Creek WMA, WV
by MountainStreamFlood on Jul 23, 2011
Hedgesville, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 6.7 miles
For more information see my blog
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Trout Pond Hike
by irngynt on Jun 14, 2008
Rockland, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
Great weekend of camping, fishing, hiking, and a little geocaching.
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White Rocks WV
by irngynt on Jul 19, 2009
West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 9.0 miles
Great hike.  66 degrees in the middle of July is insane.  The views and terrain were great.  Didn't see a soul.
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Raven Rocks-Rolling Ridge Loop
by MountainStreamFlood on Jan 14, 2012
Shannondale, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 6.1 miles
For more information, see my blog
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Spruce Knob-Judy Springs
by mgingerich on Oct 12, 2008
Circleville, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 9.0 miles
A 9 mile hike from Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia.  The hike passes through Judy Springs and exits via Seneca Creek Trail.  Judy Springs, a lovely meadow nestled between the ridges, is a excellent backpack location.
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Hanging Rock, West Virginia
by MarkTurner on Oct 26, 2008
Crimson Springs, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 1.0 miles
The one-way hike to Hanging Rock is about one mile.  The first few hundred feet are a bit steep but then things level out.  Most of the hike is on the Allegheny Trail but the last couple of hundred feet depart on a separate trail.At the top is a former fire tower with a balcony running running all around.  You have a fantastic 360 degree view.  It's really beautiful.
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Ansted rail trail to falls
by vworkman on Apr 12, 2009
Ansted, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 2.2 miles
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Harper's Ferry
by Page on Jun 07, 2009
Lower Town, West Virginia, United States
Hiking | 2.4 miles