Hiking & Biking
Home to incredible trails and iconic views, West Virginia is a paradise for hikers and bikers alike. From easy loops to challenging climbs, trails in West Virginia’s state parks and forests lead you through majestic woodlands and mountains, providing an enchanting view of Appalachian wonder.
1. Greenbrier River Trail
The longest trail of its kind in West Virginia, the Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile former railroad now used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The trail provides many breathtaking views as it passes through several small towns, crosses 35 bridges and goes through two tunnels. The trail is one of the 50 Millennium Legacy Trails in the United States.
2. North Bend Rail Trail
Stretching 72 miles across north-central and western West Virginia, the North Bend Rail Trail takes travelers across 36 bridges and through 10 tunnels. The trail is part of the 5,500-mile American Discovery Trail, which spans the length of the United States. It has become one of the most renowned recreational trails though the Appalachian Mountains and is known for its scenery and varied views of shaded tree canopies, rock cuts and farmland.
3. Coopers Rock State Forest
Enjoy hiking and biking on nearly 50 miles of trails that wind through Coopers Rock State Forest. The Henry Clay Furnace Trail, takes you on a trip back in time to find a huge stone structure used for producing iron in the 1800s, located in a grassy glade in an otherwise undisturbed forest. More amazing views and discoveries are found along various trails in the forest.
4. Pipestem Resort State Park
From leisurely loops to challenging courses, Pipestem Resort State Park offers 20 different trails for hiking and biking. Considered one of the most popular things to do at Pipestem, hiking is a great year-round activity to enjoy with your family.
5. Watoga State Park
With over 10,000 acres of sprawling forest, Watoga State Park boasts 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. The 400-acre Brooks Memorial Arboretum at Watoga includes 6.5 miles of interconnected trails and signs along the way, identifying trees, plants and shrubs found there.