Running Trails in West Virginia

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  • Allegheny Highlands Trail

    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: 4.2 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 ...
  • Big Stonecoal Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    In West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, the Dolly Sods Wilderness features sweeping vistas, spruce and aspen groves, beautiful meadows, beaver dams and rolling creeks. The area is also home to several intersecting trails, offering a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. But it’s also known for its extensive rail-trail system along the Monongahela River—one of a few American ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Clover Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest offers a wide variety of trails for day or multi-day hikes of varying levels of difficulty, including several trails built on former logging railroad corridors. The Pheasant Mountain area, which features ...
  • 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

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Located in Blackwater Falls State Park in the Monongahela National Forest, the Davis Trail is an easy rail-trail that ambles up Canaan Mountain as it heads south towards Canaan Valley Resort State Park. For its entire route, the trail parallels ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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: 1.5 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Green Mountain Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Monongahela National Forest’s Otter Creek Wilderness has many trails, mostly for hiking through the scenic landscape of rhododendron, timber and mosses. Biking is prohibited on the trails, but horses are allowed in some areas. The scenic ...
  • 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 located primarily 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 ...
  • 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: 8.6 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Kaymoor Trail runs parallel to the New River between Fayetteville and Cunard in the National Park Service’s New River Gorge National River. Much of the stunning trail follows old roads and dormant rail beds, although the southern half is ...
  • Laurel Fork River Trail-South

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 9.6 miles
    Surface: Dirt

  • Laurelly Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest offers a wide variety of trails for day or multi-day hikes of varying levels of difficulty, including several trails built on former logging railroad corridors. The Cranberry Wilderness area, which ...
  • Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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: 0.4 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 ...
  • Limerock Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Limerock Trail is pure West Virginia: From Forest Service Road 18, the 4-mile rail-trail passes through rhododendron forests and along rocky cliffs and rushing streams. You begin with the sound of the rapids from Tub Run, and they quietly ...
  • Little Fork Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest offers a wide variety of trails for day or multi-day hikes of varying levels of difficulty, including several trails built on former logging railroad corridors. The Cranberry Wilderness area, which ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lumberjack Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 5.7 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Lumberjack Trail offers a scenic hike on an old railroad grade. The heavily-forested trail ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. But it’s also known for its extensive rail-trail system along the Monongahela River—one of a few American ...
  • 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. But it’s also known for its extensive rail-trail system along the Monongahela River—one of a few American ...
  • Moore Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Monongahela National Forest’s Otter Creek Wilderness has many trails, mostly for hiking through the scenic landscape of rhododendron, timber and mosses. Biking is prohibited on the trails, but horses are allowed in some areas. The trailhead ...
  • 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 ...
  • Otter Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 11.8 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Monongahela National Forest’s Otter Creek Wilderness has many trails, mostly for hiking through the scenic landscape of rhododendron, timber and mosses. Biking is prohibited on the trails, but horses are allowed in some areas. The Otter ...
  • 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 ...
  • Possession Camp Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Monongahela National Forest’s Otter Creek Wilderness has many trails, mostly for hiking through the scenic landscape of rhododendron, timber and mosses. Biking is prohibited on the trails, but horses are allowed in some areas. The Possession ...
  • 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 (WV)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Railroad Grade Trail is a rural hiking trail built on a former logging railroad corridor in the Monongahela National Forest near Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort State Park. The path is not to be confused with another ...
  • Red Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 6.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    In West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, the Dolly Sods Wilderness features sweeping vistas, spruce and aspen groves, beautiful meadows, beaver dams and rolling creeks. The area is also home to several intersecting trails, offering a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rocky Point Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    In West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, the Dolly Sods Wilderness features sweeping vistas, spruce and aspen groves, beautiful meadows, beaver dams and rolling creeks. The area is also home to several intersecting trails, offering a ...
  • Rohrbaugh Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3.6 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    In West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, the Dolly Sods Wilderness features sweeping vistas, spruce and aspen groves, beautiful meadows, beaver dams and rolling creeks. The area is also home to several intersecting trails, offering a ...
  • Rough Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest offers a wide variety of trails for day or multi-day hikes of varying levels of difficulty, including several trails built on former logging railroad corridors. The Cranberry Wilderness area, which ...
  • 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 ...
  • Shingletree Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest offers a wide variety of trails for day or multi-day hikes of varying levels of difficulty, including several trails built on former logging railroad corridors. The Pheasant Mountain area, which features ...
  • South Prong Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The South Prong Trail is a remote, rugged rail-trail that offers a moderate, though sometimes quite hilly, hike. There are two very distinct sections of this trail; one section is boggy, while the other is steep and forested. Traversing the ...
  • Stone Camp Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Stone Camp Run Trail follows an old railroad corridor through a deep hollow on Middle Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest's Laurel Fork North Wilderness. The scenic trail crosses the trickling water of the adjacent Stone Camp Run ...
  • 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 ...
  • WV Route 9 Bike Path

    State: WV
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The WV 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 ...
  • Wellsburg Yankee Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Wellsburg Yankee Trail is a short, paved rail-trail that spans the entire length of Wellsburg, a small city on the Ohio River in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. The community trail runs through the heart of the small city, sharing Yankee ...
  • 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 (WV)

    Rail-Trail

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

    The 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 ...
  • 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 ...