West Virginia Fishing Trails and Maps

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Length
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Brooke Pioneer Trail

6.7 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

Deckers Creek Trail

19.5 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Elk River Trail (Coonskin Park)

1.5 mi
State: WV
Gravel

Glade Creek Trail

5.8 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Greenbrier River Trail

77 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Marion County Trail (MCTrail)

2.5 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

Meadow River Rail Trail

9.19 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Panhandle Trail

29 mi
State: PA, WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Barnum Rail-Trail

4.2 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Dirt, Grass

Cheat Lake Trail

4.5 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone

Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail Trail

16 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Harrison North Rail Trail

7 mi
State: WV
Cinder, Grass, Gravel

Rend Trail

3.4 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

Southside Trail

6.9 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

West Fork Trail

22 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Wheeling Heritage Trails

16.5 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

Tea Creek Trails

44 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Whitmeadow Ridge Trail

5 mi
State: WV
Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The Brooke Pioneer Trail rolls along the woodsy eastern bank of the Ohio River, a waterway that once carried early settlers’ flatboats to lands in the west. The trail provides access to...
WV 6.7 mi 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...
WV 19.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
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 5.8 mi Dirt, Gravel
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Overview    The Greenbrier River Trail weaves a path of 77 miles through lush forest and rural small towns of West Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands, along the longest undammed river in the eastern...
WV 77 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
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...
WV 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Meadow River Rail Trail is a developing rail-trail that meanders along its scenic namesake river in West Virginia's Fayette and Greenbrier counties. The rail-trail follows a former CSX spur line...
WV 9.19 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Overview The Panhandle Trail offers a direct 29-mile journey between the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although the trail follows an old railroad...
PA, WV 29 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
WV 4.2 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass
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...
WV 4.5 mi Crushed Stone
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,...
WV 16 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Harrison North Rail Trail follows the West Fork River from North View in Clarksburg north, ending at a dead-end just south of the communities of Spelter and Meadowbrook. Recently repaired, the...
WV 7 mi Cinder, Grass, Gravel
Five old railroad trestles serve as scenic attractions on this dirt trail in the New River Gorge National Park, although two of those trestles have been closed for safety concerns, splitting the trail...
WV 3.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
As it weaves past long-abandoned mining towns, the Southside Trail (formerly the Brooklyn to Southside Junction Trail) in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve tells the story of “King Coal”...
WV 6.9 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The West Fork Trail snakes its way through remote mountain valleys for 22 miles in the Monongahela National Forest. The soothing gurgle of the river complements the trail’s serene environment of thick...
WV 22 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Wheeling Heritage Trails are known locally as two trails—the Ohio River Trail and the Wheeling Creek Trail—that run along the old railbeds of two railroads that served the transportation network...
WV 16.5 mi Asphalt
The Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone Memorial River Trail is nestled into the City of Buckhannon, tucked along the Buckhannon River in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. A short portion of the...
WV 1.9 mi Asphalt
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...
WV 44 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
WV 5 mi Dirt

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Recent Trail Reviews

West Fork River Trail

Beautiful Rail Trail but e-bike riders beware!

April, 2024 by mike.cnc

Read here: https://shinnstonnews.com/harrison-county-commission-reverses-course-on-rail-trails-electric-vehicles-ordinance/

Unless they've reversed the ruling, Harrison County (Shinnston end of trail) banned all e-bikes from their rail trails in February 2024.

Unless you know otherwise, start your ride in Marion County at Worthington. You can ride nearly all of the trail by looping back toward Shinnston on the trail and turning around at the Harrison County line and going back north. You'll probably lose about 2 - 3 miles of the rail trail but it might keep you from being fined or worse, going to jail.

Brooke Pioneer Trail

Trail is open!

April, 2024 by 8wnyzpk7m2

Trail is now open from end to end after bridge construction. Nicely paved trail. The entry spur to the new bridge over Ohio River is still closed.

Elizabeth J. Binky Poundstone Memorial River Trail

Typical urban trail

March, 2024 by vdeal

I've been checking some of the local urban trails and this walk was next on the list. Some of the urban trails seem to push the concept of a rail trail but at least this trail does parallel an active railroad (the Cowen Subdivision). The trail is entirely paved and consists of two large loops that go around various balls fields. It does parallel the Buckhannon River a good bit and Buckhannon Riverwalk was the only name I saw listed anywhere. There is a spur that crosses the railroad and parallels it for a ways. It's a pleasant walk but unless you're in the area I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Accordion

North Bend Rail Trail

gravel grinder

March, 2024 by wierstheparty

I rode this 72 mile trail from east to west (gradual downhill grade) with 3 of my girlfriends. It was quite thick gravel but the downhill grade helped keep your momentum up to make it not completely exhausting pushing through the thicker stuff. It will rattle you pretty good and we were glad to come to the end. We went in late September and rode in a 60 degree cold drizzle the whole way. Nice feather in our caps!

Bridgeport Rail Trail

Surprisingly nice

March, 2024 by vdeal

We were in Bridgeport today and decided to check out the trail starting from the east end. There is no parking right at the trailhead but there is parking across North Virginia Ave at a small park area. After crossing N Virginia and Water St there is a nice metal footbridge across Simpson Creek and after a short walk on Railroad St you are at the trail. The entire trail is nicely paved and just an overall pleasant experience. We were there in mid-March and the area was covered with the green leaves and yellow flowers of lesser celandine which were very pretty. There were a few people on the trail and it was relatively quiet. The trail goes up and down some and is near an active railroad which appears not to get a lot of use. After about 3/4 mile you reach the Bridgeport City Park which looks very nice and has a trail around it also. Of course you could park at this end and start also. No where along the trail is it named and some places have it listed as the Bridgeport City Park Trail. Only four stars because it's so short. If you're in the area and want a quick little walk, give this a try.

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.

Wheeling Heritage Trails

I did this trail twice in a weekend. I liked it.

November, 2023 by gadkins43920

I did this trail twice in a weekend. I liked it.

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.

Mon River Trail

Mon River Trail (South)

November, 2023 by thejake91739

After going out and back on the MC Trail (only a five mile round trip but totally worth it!), I connected to the Mon River Trail.

Starting at Pricketts Fort, I only went about six miles or so to just beyond the dam before heading back to the trailhead.

That twelve mile ride on a cloudy, late October Saturday afternoon were plenty enough to get awesome views of the Monongahela River, its dam, homes (some stately; some not so much), and dazzling fall color. Plenty of photo ops await!

The trail is hard packed dirt, covered in a layer of golden leaves, and despite rain earlier in the day, it was still smooth, fast, and navigable. I would say it was almost as smooth as asphalt.

I would suspect that because of the continued threat of rain, I pretty much had the trail to myself. My shoes and bike got mud splattered, but it was worth it. The Mon River Trail (South) is worthy of your time, and worthy of its status as a Rails-to-Trails Hall of Famer!

Marion County Trail (MCTrail)

Marion County Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

I have never enjoyed a 2.5 mile trail more!

On a late October Saturday afternoon I was absolutely enthralled with this trail. I started at the Pricketts Fort trailhead and was immediately in awe of the spectacular autumnal colors: red, orange, yellow and gold!

The tunnel was fun and interesting, but the highlight was what Mother Nature created with the colorful trees, glistening Prickett creek. and the chirping birds.

The asphalt trail is in perfect condition and is easy to ride. I actually saw a couple of preschoolers enjoying it on their bikes with their families.

Be sure to do this in conjunction with the Mon River Trail to enhance your experience on these Hall of Fame trails!

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