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Brooklyn to Southside Junction

6 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Elk River Trail

1.5 mi
State: WV
Gravel

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

8.5 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Glade Creek Trail

6 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

Hawks Nest Rail Trail

1.8 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

Kaymoor Trail

8.6 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

Keeneys Creek Trail

6.6 mi
State: WV
Gravel

Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail

4.1 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Narrow Gauge Trail (WV)

3 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

Rend Trail (Thurmond-Minden Trail)

3.2 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

White Oak Rail Trail (WV)

7.9 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
WV 6 mi Ballast, Dirt, 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....
WV 1.5 mi Gravel
The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County...
OH 8.5 mi Crushed Stone
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...
WV 6 mi Dirt, 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....
WV 1.8 mi 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...
WV 8.6 mi Dirt, Gravel
Located in the gorgeous New River Gorge in rural West Virginia, the Keeneys Creek Trail is a gravel trail that doubles as a road for park service vehicles. Although built on top of an abandoned...
WV 6.6 mi Gravel
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...
WV 4.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
WV 3 mi Dirt, Gravel
Note: Portions of the Rend Trail are closed due to a bridge repair. The trail is closed 1.27 miles in from the Minden trailhead or 1.96 miles in from the Thurmond trailhead. According to the trail's...
WV 3.2 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
WV 7.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone

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Keeneys Creek Trail

Steep

July, 2018 by sducett

It was a nice trail but if you need to be in shape to get back out.

Glade Creek Trail

MANY REWARDS HERE BUT IT WILL COST YOU

July, 2018 by yonkk

Many rewards here. There's a couples of great swimming holes located within the first mile and a trail loaded with roots and rocks. Glade Creek Falls is a creek wide fall, picnic on top, jump in or swing into. The next two mile the trail leaves the creek and climbs up and down 600 foot. I had to carry my bike at times. The third mile brings the only bridge on the trail and finally levels out and is better kept. Four and half miles in brings you to Kate's Fall, very nice when you have a little H2O. The fifth mile you will go under the highest interstate bridge in the US at 700 foot. Just under a mile to the other trail head you can access by Little Beaver State Park. The turn around trip is mostly down hill.

Keeneys Creek Trail

a+

July, 2018 by jonesben37

a+

Accordion

Hawks Nest Rail Trail

Hawks Nest Rail Trail

June, 2018 by jennstewart09

Beautiful hike with gorgeous scenery . Easy flat hike perfect for all ages with awesome access to incredible waterfalls .

Elk River Trail

Easy walk along the river

February, 2018 by carlaraemoon

Went there with a friend on a perfect fall day & enjoyed it. A bicyclist came upon us fast from behind & nearly ran us over. So be careful.

White Oak Rail Trail (WV)

A nice little trail in town - July 2017

July, 2017 by pcturner0277

Very pleasant but the map isnt quite accurate. It shows the three trail heads which are the ends of the paved sections. The gravel continues further to the west. The 8 miles listed as the distance includes the gravel section. The paved portion from Summerlee to Carslisle is about 4.5 miles with a 1 mile side spur. There is a bit of a grade from Oak Hill to Carlisle but not bad. At that end of the paved trail you see the New River Company Oakwood Store long abandoned. The New River Company was a big coal company operating in the New River Gorge.

White Oak Rail Trail (WV)

Easy town trail

June, 2017 by eehamilton

Goes through Oak Hill residential and partly country. Nice to see the town and you can take side roads into town. Also some nice local parks including Collins Park that has a disc golf course and playing fields.

Hawks Nest Rail Trail

Scenic trail with great water access

June, 2017 by eehamilton

Easy down hill trail for bicycles. The best part is that on hot days you can go swimming and sliding in the creek next to the trail. There is a safe 15 foot water jump at the falls half way down, but make sure you check the water depth yourself. It was 10 feet deep when we went in June. Farther down, you can go into a coal mine - we went 30 feet before turning back.

Elk River Trail

A nice fall walk

November, 2016 by billbrockman

We walked it, but consider it suitable for a good bike. I see now where it could serve as an emergency exit from the residential street at one end, as another review mentioned.

It was a really nice scenic walk on a nice fall day.

Narrow Gauge Trail (WV)

Traces of the Railroad, Rushing Waters

October, 2016 by ileana53

I hiked the Narrow Gauge trail Oct. 9 and enjoyed the scenery as well as the traces of old railroad ties and the rushing waters of the creek. As I left the trail to go back to my cabin, I missed the sound of the water. Compared to the Wilderness and Triple Creek trails at Babcock State Part, the Narrow Gauge Trail was interesting.

Hawks Nest Rail Trail

Love this trail!

September, 2016 by cline_tl

Perfect trail for an easy hike. Well maintained with a gentle grade, it parallels Mill Creek, which features several enticing shallow pools for cooling off. The waterfall dries up when there hasn't been rain but is lovely when running.

Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail

Do not park at Adair

July, 2016 by aliciavandall

It's nice trail, but parking at Adair park is not a good way to access the trail. You must go down a large hill (paint creek) and cross Robert C Byrd to go up a gravel trail to gain access to the trail. I do not see this as ideal for families on bikes or anyone using roller skates or inlines.

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