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Explore the best rated trails in Beckley, WV, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Elk River Trail (Coonskin Park) and Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail . With more than 17 trails covering 219 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Elk River Trail (WV)

Trail has improved

June, 2024 by biagio_wallace

The best part of this trail is the Nottinghams's Market. Mr/Mrs Nottingham makes chili dogs, chocolate shakes and has a great deal of provisions. It's a must stop! Very gracious and has many items if you are in the middle of the trail.

Meadow River Rail Trail

Fantastic Rail Trail for Running

March, 2024 by ryancaincarlson

I started at the Trailhead sign in Russellville and headed north. There is an a gravel section suitable for parking near the Trailhead sign. I will point that there were "No Parking" signs here. I believe it meant "No Parking" on the grass area, but it was ambiguous. I went ahead and parked there anyways without issue.

I ran north all the way to the Trailhead sign in Nallen. The path is mostly flat, well maintained, and very suitable for running. I ran a faster "tempo" run without issue.

Southside Trail

Good trail for a run but slightly technical

March, 2024 by ryancaincarlson

I ran the Southside Trail starting at the parking lot (across the bridge from Thurmond). I ran out 3.25 miles and came back.

The trail had some water/mud covered sections. These sections weren't long (10-20 yards), but I had to stop and walk around the mud. I had to do this approximately 10 times during my 3.25 miles.

This was closer to trail than rail trail. There were sections with more larger rocks, stumps, roots to be dealt with. Expect to be paying attention to the ground as much as the scenery.


Meadow River Rail Trail

Great Trail

December, 2023 by randydolan

From Nallen 9 miles to the second bridge crossing is wide smooth trail that follows the River with only slight grade.
Very remote area of WV with beautiful mountains and no crowds. You won’t meet very many people on this trail. Good for bicycles or walking. At any age.

Greenbrier River Trail

Hiked this trail in three days. Very scenic and peaceful. A lot of history to take in and enjoy.

November, 2023 by wayne.walkjr

Hiked this trail in three days. Very scenic and peaceful. A lot of history to take in and enjoy.

Elk River Trail (WV)


October, 2023 by robinf18

We camped on Elk River in Gassaway. Did out and back rides on the trail from Gassaway (end/beginning) down to near Ivydale then started from other end (Hartland) up to just shy of Ivydale. No services, one old convenience store near trail in Duck. Surface is crushed stone and in very good condition. Hardly saw a soul. Lots of deer. Be sure you bring what you need with you. Follows river quite closely all the way.

Greenbrier River Trail

Fantastic Ride

September, 2023 by g6rdqfm4ph

Did this over 2 days stopping to camp in Watoga State Park. I don’t recommend paying for a river view camp site because we did and couldn’t see the river. We went from Cass to Lewisburg. Fairly well maintained trail but a few rougher patches and narrow lanes. Mostly shaded in Sept which was nice in the heat. Mostly downhill this direction but on gravel somehow it always feel like uphill. The tunnels and bridges were a fun part of this ride. Water available on the trail was cool and tasted great. My filter failed so this was a pleasant surprise.

Greenbrier River Trail

Marlinton to Cass

August, 2023 by jwmca

We rode the portion of the trail for 20 miles from Marlinton up toward Cass for a 40 mile round trip. Trail riding doesn’t get much better than this. The surface was mostly double track crushed gravel except for about a mile of asphalt leaving Marlinton. It was in excellent condition with no rocks, ruts or washed out areas. North of the tunnel the brush along the trail could use some trimming. During this morning ride on a beautiful day we encountered only 13 cyclists (1 on an e-bike), no walkers and 2 deer. No other wildlife. Beautiful scenic, forested route you would expect following a river through West Virginia. Only one restroom facility and no food or drinks. Now one of our favorite trails.

Elk River Trail (WV)

hidden gem

July, 2023 by johnj1998

Beautifully taken care of cross over bridges, you do come a little close to some houses but only a little bit

Greenbrier River Trail

Trail closure update

July, 2023 by 2334455669

Lewisburg is finished with digging up the trail at Caldwell and it is now open again. There is a nice new parking lot at Hopper but caution - the road down to it is 1 lane and if you meet a gravel truck, you will be the one backing up. Also, an additional parking lot at Caldwell is now open.

Elk River Trail (WV)

Beautiful ride!

June, 2023 by sgb0546

We rode part of the trail from Duck to just south of Frametown. Nice surface and well maintained.

Elk River Trail (WV)

Improvements on the way!

June, 2023 by biagio_wallace

My wife and I started from Gassaway through Duck. Unfortunately the Gassaway section to Frametown was not open. We met the Park Superintendent (Heath Cliver) on the trail and the State has just taken over the closed Gassaway portion. The dog issue outside of Duck mentioned earlier on this site has been eliminated. The plans call for continued resurfacing and more benches. The plans outlined by the Super were very positive. The trail is still in very good condition and the future is very bright for Elk River.

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