Fishing Trails in West Virginia

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  • Barnum Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass

    Nestled in a northern valley of West Virginia, the Barnum Rail-Trail follows the North Branch 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 is the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cheat Lake Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Cheat Lake Trail is the result of a generous donation of land by Allegheny Energy (now FirstEnergy) near its Lake Lynn Power Station on scenic Cheat Lake. The area was once home to West Penn Beach, a cluster of vacation cottages available ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. But it’s also known for its extensive rail-trail system along the Monongahela River—one of a few American ...
  • Elk River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    Kanawha County’s Elk River Trail provides access to Coonskin Park, a large park originally built by local residents in the 1950s and now managed by the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission. The trail runs alongside the Elk River for ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Marion County Trail (MCTrail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Marion County Trail—better known as the MCTrail—runs for nearly 3 miles along Pricketts Creek through rural Marion County. The trail's main highlight is a 1,200-foot lighted tunnel (Meredith Tunnel) under Speedway Avenue and Suncrest Boulevard. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tea Creek Trails

    Rail-Trail

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

    The Tea Creek Area Trails system consists of 12 trails totaling 44 miles, many of which follow old logging railroad corridors. The trails are found in the Marlinton Ranger District within Monongahela National Forest. The trails run through ...
  • West Fork Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The West Fork Trail is a pleasant 22-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 is ...
  • Wheeling Heritage Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 16.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Wheeling Heritage Trails running on the former B&O line are known locally as two trails that connect in downtown Wheeling: the Ohio River Trail and the Wheeling Creek Trail. The route is flat and paved, and beautiful signs along the way ...
  • 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 ...