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  1. There are precious few hiking trails within the Gauley River National Recreation Area. There is one, however, that manages to be long and utterly engaging.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    33.7 miles
    Duration
    Depends on length of your trail.
  2. Take in the view at Ram's Head, Beauty Mountain, New River Gorge.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.0 miles
    Duration
    One hour, if you take your time exploring.
  3. A lesser-known hiking area, Grandview Park is a perfect spot for a quick hike and gorgeous views of the New River Gorge.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    45.8 miles
    Duration
    Most trails can be hiked between 1 and 2 hours, but the Grandview Park Rim Trail is just longer than 3 miles and is a bit more difficult. Pace yourself and take some time to enjoy the many beautiful overlooks.
  4. This Natural National Landmark will thrill nature lovers, since it’s the largest remaining virgin timber tract in West Virginia, and has an ancient hemlock grove with trees up to 90 feet tall and 21 feet around.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    130.4 miles
    Duration
    At even a slow pace, a linkup of all trails shouldn't take more than an hour. Considering Cathedral's location right along US Route 50, a quick jaunt through the the towering hemlocks could offer a welcome respite from the cramped confines of your car. If you're short on time, the Giant Hemlock Trail or the Wood Thrush Trail - both accessible from the main Cathedral Trail artery - will provide a good immersion in under 30 minutes.
  5. One of the best-kept secrets of the New River Gorge, the strenuous Big Branch Trail rewards adventurous hikers with blooming wildflowers, countless waterfalls, and impressive views of the New River.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    57.2 miles
    Duration
    The loop will take about 45-60 minutes.
  6. The crown jewel of the Monongahela National Forest has 17,371 acres, 47 miles of trails, and ecological diversity ranging from lush hardwood forests to bog and heath environs typical of Southern Canada.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    133.8 miles
    Duration
    Because of the variety of trailheads, destinations, and connectors, hikers can customize their experience. You can accomplish a simple and brief jaunt to an overlook in under an hour, or achieve a full-day epic via a loop or out-and-back.
  7. Perfect for beginners and families, Blackwater Falls State Park has waterfalls, historical relics, and easy-to-hike trails.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    125.3 miles
    Duration
    Most of the trails here are less than 3 miles round-trip and shouldn’t take more than an hour to complete. The one exception is Blackwater Canyon Trail, which is more than 10 miles.
  8. Enjoy hiking through valleys and over mountain tops to discover the spectacular waterfalls and beautiful overlooks of Camp Creek State Park.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    63.8 miles
    Duration
    Trails range from less than 1 mile to an 8.7-mile loop, so plan to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 2+ hours at the park.
  9. For hikers who want a wide variety of terrains and views in a single jaunt, it’s tough to beat Babcock State Park.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    44.1 miles
    Duration
    Depends on the trail you choose to hike.
  10. The Blackwater River Trail is a secluded, but easily accessible trail that follows the Blackwater River through the wetlands of Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    124.9 miles
    Duration
    This 1-mile trail is a short loop that you can hike quickly, but you will want to leave time to stop and check out the views.
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