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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Nature lovers, birdwatchers, and history buffs alike love Watters Smith State Memorial Park’s short, easy trails that give a glimpse into West Virginian history.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    85.1 miles
    Duration
    The trails will take you around the grounds of the historical park, so while they aren’t long, there are sights to stop and look at along the way, so give yourself some time to explore.
  6. Beech Fork State Park is easy to access and has tons of amenities. It’s a popular weekend getaway for locals.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    7042.3 miles
    Duration
    The trail system is scenic and well-designed, but not extremely lengthy. The longest trail is 5 miles.
  7. Valley Falls State Park in Fairmont, WV, is perfect for families, beginner hikers, and experienced hikers.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    109.9 miles
    Duration
    If you are looking for a quick day hike, this is the perfect spot. The loop from Rhododendron Trail to Rocky Trail, which is easily accessible from the parking lot, takes about 1.5 hours. Deer Trail, the longest in the park, is only 2.1 miles.
  8. Pinnacle Rock State Park is perfect for leisurely hikers who love scenic overlooks and stunning panoramas without the technical commitment or endurance you’d need for longer, more challenging trails.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    70.9 miles
    Duration
    The time to complete your trip will vary depending on which trail(s) you take.
  9. Little Beaver State Park has 19.5 miles of trails for hikers of all levels. The many creeks throughout the park provide stunning scenery and opportunities for spotting wildlife.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    50.0 miles
    Duration
    There are 18 hiking trails at Little Beaver, ranging from a .25 mile to 2.6 miles, which can take you anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to hike.
  10. A hiker’s paradise, Spruce Knob has amazing views and is home to one of the 5 “best backpacking routes in the mid-Atlantic,” according to Hiking Upward.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    143.7 miles
    Duration
    Individual trails range from 0.6 to 13.1 miles, so how long you are out there depends on which trail(s) you get on.
  11. The crown jewel of West Virginia’s park system, Pipestem Resort State Park offers hikers spectacular scenery and plenty of chances to spot wildlife.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    65.6 miles
    Duration
    Trails range from less than 1 mile up to 5.25 miles, so you can spend an hour or a half-day hiking here.
  12. One of 22 islands in the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Middle Island has more than 3 miles of easy trails for visitors to explore. Great for families.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    74.7 miles
    Duration
    The trails are easy, and great for strolling around. You can easily spend hours exploring here.
  13. This 20,698-acre natural bowl formed by Shavers and McGowan mountains has several beautiful backcountry opportunities for hikers who are looking for a long-distance trails, wildlife, and remote treks.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    116.0 miles
    Duration
    Because the hiking loops range from 0.8 to 11.8 miles, expect to be hiking for a minimum of 3-4 hours. You can also backpack for multiple days!
  14. Choose your own adventure on this 184.5-mile towpath from DC to Maryland. Perfect for hikers looking for a quick stroll after work, a really long hike, or just one full of history.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    217.7 miles
    Duration
    This is a great trail to head out on if you are looking for a short mile-long hike, or something much longer. You can choose your own adventure.
  15. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, the steep and challenging North Fork Mountain Trail is one of the most scenic in West Virginia.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    85.4 miles
    Duration
    Experts suggest taking 2-3 days to complete the entire trail.
  16. Nowhere else in America can you find as much world-class adventure as here— and the hiking is no different.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    39.9 miles
    Duration
    Depending on which trail you hike, it's easy to spend a couple of hours or a full day hiking around the area.
  17. With everything from creeks and cliffs to rock formations and boulders, West Virginia’s largest state forest has a very diverse trail system that hikers of all levels will love to explore.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    133.1 miles
    Duration
    Depending on which trail(s) you get on, plan to spend anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours hiking. With so many trails, you'll have plenty of options.
  18. Looking for a workout or a quiet stroll? This historic spot with stunning views has hikes that are short, long, easy, difficult, and everything in between.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    217.8 miles
    Duration
    A hike on any of the 20 miles of trails can last 1 hour or several hours, depending on how far you want to go.
  19. 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.
  20. The Kanawha State Forest, one of Charleston’s largest parks just miles from the center of the city, has more than 25 miles of hiking trails through scenic wooded areas.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    5.1 miles
    Duration
    You can hike most trails in this park in a little more than an hour.
  21. Cacapon Resort State Park has more than 20 miles of hiking trails with a variety of terrains and difficulties, which makes it a wonderful getaway for families looking for a fun weekend in the outdoors.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    194.0 miles
    Duration
    Hikes can last less than an hour or several hours, depending on which trail you choose.
  22. Deer Run Trail is a 1.5-mile easy trail that meanders along boardwalks and through an observation area ideal for wildlife viewing.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    124.9 miles
    Duration
    The main trail is a 1.5-mile segment that doesn’t take long to get through, thanks to the easy terrain and boardwalks. If you want to extend your hike, you can add in the Abe Run Trail, a .75-mile segment, and/or the Mill Run Trail, which is a 1-mile loop.
  23. If you are looking for a great workout paired with magnificent scenery, then Greenbrier State Forest is the perfect spot.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    81.1 miles
    Duration
    Depending which trail(s) you choose, the hiking time will vary. Individual trails range from 1 to 7.8 miles.
  24. One of West Virginia's premier hiking areas, Cranberry Glades will amaze beginner and experienced hikers with its wild beauty and serene nature.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    73.5 miles
    Duration
    With so many trails, your time will vary, but you could spend anywhere from 30 minutes to several days exploring the options.
  25. Voted 1 of the top 10 hiking trails in the U.S. by Backpacker Magazine, the 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail is a well-maintained trek into the history and beauty of West Virginia.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    77.0 miles
    Duration
    Because the trail is so long, you can easily hike for an hour, a full day, a weekend or longer.
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