West Virginia State Trails - Trails in West Virginia

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  • Allegheny Highlands Trail of WV

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 24.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Allegheny Highlands Trail (AHT) follows the original route of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway, built by Henry Gassaway Davis in 1884. For 24.5 miles this exceptionally scenic trail provides panoramic views of the West Virginia ...
  • Barnum Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass

    Nestled in a northern valley of West Virginia, the Barnum Rail-Trail follows the North Branch of the Potomac River through the superb scenery of the Upper Potomac region. If you plan to explore this out-and-back trail by bike, a mountain bike ...
  • Bear Pen Ridge Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

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  • Blackwater Canyon Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    In 1888, the Blackwater Canyon Trail, located in the Monongahela National Forest, was used to haul coal and lumber through this stunning canyon. Today, remnants of this history still remain just outside of Thomas in the form of coke ovens that ...
  • Boundary Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    Boundary Trail is located in the town of Slatyfork, WV which is surrounded by the Monogahela Forest. Boundary Trail is 3.75 miles and best known for challenging hiking and mountain biking. It is part of the Tea Creek Recreation area and has ...
  • Brooke Pioneer Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 6.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Brooke Pioneer Trail follows the east bank of the Ohio River between Wellsburg and the Brooke–Ohio County line at Short Creek. Here the Brooke Pioneer Trail continues into Ohio County as the Wheeling Heritage Trails. Both trails are paved ...
  • Brooklyn to Southside Junction

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    As it weaves past long-abandoned mining towns such as Red Ash and Rush Run, the Brooklyn to Southside Junction Trail tells the unique story of "King Coal" and Appalachia. Once an important transportation corridor used to haul coal from the remote ...
  • Carpendale Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Short new trail connecting Ridgeley, WV with the C&O Canal Towpath at milepost 183 near the east end of Cumberland, Maryland. This new trail will include the Knobbley Tunnel and Bridge over the Potomac River.
  • County Line Trail (WV)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The County Line Trail is a short, less-traveled alternative to the neighboring 21.7-mile West Fork Trail. The County Line Trail travels 4 miles along the border of Randolph and Pocahontas counties, hence its name, and follows the ridgeline of ...
  • Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail-Trail, also called the Cranberry Rail-Trail, is named for the Cranberry, Cherry and Gauley rivers it travels along or across. The trail begins in downtown Richwood, immediately behind the visitors center, which ...
  • Davis Trail (Engine Run Trail, Allegheny Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Located in Canaan Mountain area of the Monongahela National Forest. Many people use this trail in conjunction with the x-country ski trail to walk between the Blackwater Falls State Park and the Canaan Valley State Park. This trail is also part ...
  • East Fork Trail (WV)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The scenic East Fork Trail follows the East Fork of the Greenbrier River through hemlock stands and pine plantations and past many small waterfalls, extending 8 miles from the Island Campground in Bartow to Pig's Ear Road (Forest Service Road ...
  • Elk River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    This trail provides access to Coonskin Park and runs near the adjacent airport. Sections of the trail are very steep. While the majority of the trail is not a rail-trail, there is a short section that runs parallel to an out-of-service rail ...
  • Gauley Mountain Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    This remote trail along an old logging-eral railroad grade, in the Tea Creek Recreation Area of Monongahela National Forest is a favorite of mountain bikers and is wide and well maintained. Despite the mountain elevation, the trail is mostly ...
  • Glade Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Situated in the heart of West Virginia's pristine New River Gorge National River, the Glade Creek Trail (out-and-back only) has something for everyone. Once a narrow gauge railroad corridor used to haul coal from remote mines within New River ...
  • Glen Dale to Moundsville Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Glen Dale to Moundsville Rail-Trail runs for 3.4 paved miles between Glen Dale City Park and Moundsville Riverview Park. The trail parallels the Ohio River behind shopping plazas and neighborhoods.
  • Greenbrier River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 77 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the gorgeous Greenbrier River and passes through picturesque ...
  • Harpers Ferry Railroad Bridge

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD, WV
    Length: 0.14 miles
    Surface: Boardwalk

    This rail-with-trail bridge crosses the Potomac River near its confluence with the Shenandoah River, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. A cantilevered section of the bridge allows pedestrian access between Harpers Ferry and the Chesapeake & Ohio ...
  • Hawks Nest Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Hawks Nest Rail-Trail is within Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted. The trail is nearly 2 miles long and runs on the south side of Mill Creek, beginning near the nature center. The gravel surface is suitable for biking and walking, and it ...
  • Joel McCann Memorial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Joel McCann Memorial Trail is part of what will one day be a 16-mile rail-trail from Barrackville to Mannington following the former Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad. Currently, a 1.5-mile section of the rail-trail is complete along Buffalo ...
  • Kanawha Trestle Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface:

    From Friends of the Kanawha Trestle Trail website: The Kanawha Trestle Trail is being developed as a multi-use non-motorized trail system to connect the Mound in South Charleston to the State Capitol. Future plans will connect the Elk River ...
  • Kaymoor Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    This steep and dramatic trail starts at a trailhead on the rim of the gorge and descends about 400 vertical feet to the abandoned mine site of Kaymoor. Thousands of miners have done a similar descent over the years. Part way down the trail, ...
  • Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail, also known as the Beckley Rail Trail, travels from Mabscott, through the heart of Beckley, north to the Beckley Crossing Shopping Mall. It follows the route of the former Piney River & Paint Creek Railroad, ...
  • Lewisburg and Ronceverte Trail (L&R Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lewisburg and Ronceverte Trail (commonly known as the L&R Trail) will one day connect these two historic towns set amid the Allegheny Mountains of southern West Virginia. The beautiful natural backdrop was one of the reasons Lewisburg was ...
  • Little Kanawha Connector Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Little Kanawha Connector Trail stretches west to east across Parkersburg, a city located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers in West Virginia. The trail is a combination of separated path and shared roadway. In the ...
  • Marion County Trail (MCTRAIL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Marion County Trail (a.k.a. the MC Trail) runs for 2.5 miles along Pricketts Creek through rural Marion County. The trail's main highlight is a 1,200-foot lighted tunnel (Meredith tunnel) through the mountain. The trail begins near Prickett's ...
  • Meadow River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 16.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Meadow River Trail is a planned 16.7-mile pathway that traces its scenic namesake river in Southern West Virginia's Fayette and Greenbrier counties. It will run from Rainelle to Nallen and may one day connect to the Gauley River National ...
  • Mon River Rail Trail System: Caperton Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. And it's also known for its wonderful trails: the Mon River Rail-Trail System. The nexus of this 45-mile ...
  • Mon River Rail Trail System: Deckers Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 19 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. And it's also known for its wonderful trails: the Mon River Rail-Trail System. The nexus of this 45-mile ...
  • Mon River Rail Trail System: Mon River Trail North

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. And it's also known for its wonderful trails: the Mon River Rail-Trail System. The nexus of this 45-mile ...
  • Mon River Rail Trail System: Mon River Trail South

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 17.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. And it's also known for its wonderful trails: the Mon River Rail-Trail System. The nexus of this 45-mile ...
  • Moore Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The trailhead for the 4-mile Moore Run Trail is marked simply with a posted sign along Forest Service Road 324. You may need to look closely for the trail itself, as the overgrowth of rhododendron around the trailhead can obscure it. However, ...
  • Narrow Gauge Trail (WV)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Narrow Gauge Trail in Babcock State Park follows the gentle grade of what was the Manns Creek Railway, which connected Clifftop to Sewell, until it closed in 1956. The trail is breathtaking, but be warned: If you are not an accomplished ...
  • North Bend Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 72 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    For a weekend getaway filled with small-town charm, wildlife and beautiful natural scenery, there is no better place than the North Bend Rail Trail. The North Bend Rail Trail is a scenic excursion along part of the 5,500-mile, coast-to-coast ...
  • Northern Harrison County Bike and Hike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Grass, Gravel

    The 7-mile Harrison County Bike and Hike Trail traverses the West Fork River between North View in Clarksburg and Spelter in Meadowbrook. Pending repairs, the trail is currently closed until further notice. You can, however, use the Southern ...
  • Otter Creek Wilderness Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 11.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Otter Creek Wilderness Area has many trails, mostly for hiking through the wilderness. Biking is prohibited in the wilderness area but horses are allowed in some areas. One of the trails, the most popular, follows an abandoned railroad grade ...
  • Panhandle Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA, WV
    Length: 26.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Panhandle Trail is another jewel in the Pittsburgh metro area trail system. A Conrail line, known as the Panhandle Railroad, once connected Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis on this route. The rail corridor has been transformed ...
  • Potts Valley Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built upon an abandoned corridor of the Norfolk and Western Branch rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, it operated between 1909 and 1932 and was built to haul iron ore, then timber, out of the lush mountain ...
  • Railroad Grade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    This trail is in the Momomgahela National Forest in the Canaan Mountain area.
  • Red Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    This old logging railroad grade trail is located in the town of Slatyfork, West Virginia which is surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest. The Red Run Trail will test your mountain biking skills with its rock and root covered surface. ...
  • Rend Trail (Thurmond-Minden Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    With breathtaking scenery, numerous bridges and several impressive overlooks, it is no wonder that the wide, well-maintained Rend Trail (formerly known as the Thurmond-Minden Trail) is one of the most popular trails in the New River Gorge National ...
  • Seneca Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Located in the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Seneca Creek Trail is a scenic feast of streams, meadows, forest and waterfalls. Unlike other rail-trails ...
  • Southern Harrison County Bike and Hike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The 8-mile Southern Harrison County Bike and Hike Trail runs between Mt. Clare and Lost Creek , following Route 25 (Mt. Clare Road). Future improvements call for linking this trail to Veteran's Park and continuing through Clarksburg. For more ...
  • Tea Creek Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 44 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Tea Creek Area Trails system consists of 44 miles of trails, many of which follow old railroad corridors. The trails are found in the Marlington Ranger District within Monongahela National Forest. Most of the trails are considered difficult ...
  • W.Va. Route 9 Bike Path

    State: WV
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The W.Va. Route 9 Bike Path follows the busy thoroughfare from Martinsburg to the Charles Town/Ranson area. Note that the path runs through open space with little to no shade. While the southern portion of the trail is fairly flat, the northern ...
  • West Fork River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 18.5 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    West Virginia's West Fork River Trail provides a snapshot of some of the most beautiful scenery in this region. The trail's path was once used by the far-reaching Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to deliver coal. Today's plans however, are to transport ...
  • West Fork Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 25 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The West Fork Trail is a pleasant 21.7-mile trail that snakes its way through a remote mountain setting and follows the West Fork River for most of its route. The soothing rumble of the river complements the trail's serene environment. This ...
  • Wheeling Heritage Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 16.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Wheeling Heritage Trails are known locally as two trails: the Ohio River Trail and the Wheeling Creek Trail. The route is flat and paved, and beautiful signs along the way provide a self-guided tour of Wheeling's past. The Ohio River ...
  • White Oak Rail Trail (Oak Hill Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 7.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    White Oak Rail Trail runs for nearly 8 miles through the central West Virginia city of Oak Hill, connecting the communities of Summerlee and Carlisle at either end. Most of the trail is paved with only 2 miles of trail surfaced with packed gravel. A ...
  • Whitmeadow Ridge Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Located in the heart of West Virginia, the Whitmeadow Ridge Trail is also in the center of the Monongahela National Forest. Otherwise known as the Whitmeadow Hunters Access Trail (notice the bullet holes in the trail signs), this beautiful trail ...
  • Williams River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Explore the Williams River and the mountain country of West Virginia on this trail. Be sure to bring a mountain bike, not a road bike if you are planning to ride.