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Best Hiking Trails in West Virginia – USA

Overview

West Virginia is a US state has a lot of rugged landscapes, namely the Allegheny Mountains which are popular with hikers. The main areas for hiking in West Virginia include: Monongahela National Forest, Dolly Sods Wilderness, New River Gorge, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and Wolf Gap Recreation Area. The best months to hike in West Virginia are May to October. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in West Virginia.

Capital: Charleston

When To Hike in West Virginia – USA?

May – October: Driest period, particularly between June – August.
April; November: Spring can be wet, muddy and still have snow.  November could be too cold/snow
December – March: Cold, rain/snow

Climate: Humid continental – hot, humid summers and cold winters. 

 

NWS Forecast Office Charleston, WV

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well-marked trails with good maps and guidebooks available along with other resources for hiking trip planning.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in West Virginia for hiking:

  • Thomas
  • Seneca Rocks
  • Whitmer

Most popular hikes in West Virginia – USA

The eastern part of the state is where you’ll find mountain hiking; the Allegheny Mountains (a part of the Appalachian Mountains) are the main mountain range. A very small portion of the Appalachian Trail goes through West Virginia. Highest Mountain: Spruce Knob (1482 m) in the Allegheny Mountains.

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Lost River State Park

Coopers Rock State Forest

Monongahela National Forest

Potomac Wildlife Management Area

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New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Long Distance Trails of West Virginia – USA

West Virginia – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

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West Virginia Hiking Books: 

  • Hiking West Virginia: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hikes 3rd Edition, by Mary Reed, 2018, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3w5q8CB
  • Five-Star Trails: West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest: Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes, by Johnny Molloy, 2022, Menasha Ridge Press – https://amzn.to/3W2pPmB
  • Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in West Virginia: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks from the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River (Second Edition) by Leonard M. Adkins, 2013, Countryman Press – https://amzn.to/3W1dsan  

 

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Best Hiking Trails in West Virginia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top – Potomac Wildlife Management Area
  • Spruce Knob – Potomac Wildlife Management Area
  • Halfmoon Mountain – George Washington
  • Maryland Heights – Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Big Schloss – Wolf Gap Recreation Area
  • Bear Rocks and Lions Head Loop – Dolly Sods Wilderness
  • Fayetteville Trail – New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
  • Breathed Mountain – Dolly Sods Wilderness
  • Raven Ridge-Blackbird Knob Loop – Dolly Sods Wilderness
  • Endless Wall Trial – New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

Easy Hiking Trails in West Virginia:

  • White Oak to Big Ridge Loop – Lost River State Park
  • Blue Bend Loop – Monongahela National Forest

 

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