Some of the trails have downhill sections surrounded by huge rock walls that can make the hiking difficult. Other trails are much easier, which gives you a good variety of options.
Time To Complete
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.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
Snow accumulation in the winter can prevent access to the park.
Grandview Park is one of the lesser known hiking regions along the rim of the New River Gorge in south-central WV. It has several short trails with easy to moderate hiking, as well as a few longer, more strenuous hikes. While it’s close to the New River Gorge, it’s far enough away from the neighboring tourist attractions so you can get some peace and quiet while you’re hiking the trails. Regardless of which hike you choose to do, the scenery will not disappoint.
What Makes It Great
Situated on the rim of the Gorge 1,400 feet above the New River, Grandview Park has some of the best views in the area, and it doesn’t take that much effort to be able to enjoy them. The Castle Rock trail is one of the most scenic and easiest hikes. At less than 1 mile long, Castle Rock is easily accessible from the main park entrance. It’s a unique hike that takes about a half-hour to complete and has breathtaking views of rock walls just inches from the hiking path itself. There are plenty of stunning photo ops along this route.
On the flip side of Castle Rock is the Grandview Rim Trail, the park’s most difficult route. The 3.2-mile round trip hike has several steep downhill sections at the end of the hike, but is worth the work for the beautiful scenery and vistas of the New River below. Another great option is the Tunnel Trail, a relaxing hike that is surrounded with vegetation, sandstone, and several mossy trees.
Who is Going to Love It
Beginner hikers and families looking to take it easy will love that the trails are plainly marked, well-maintained, and have minimal elevation changes. That being said, the Grandview Rim Trail is a nice challenge for folks looking to up their game without feeling completely overwhelmed. If you’re looking for a quick hike with high rewards, you will also be happy with the trails at Grandview, especially if you visit in mid- to late October when the fall colors are at their peak.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are no fees at the park. Most trailheads begin near or around the park’s main entrance, which has plenty of parking. The park isn’t always staffed, so carry a National Park Service map and know where you are in advance. You can find camping and restaurants within a half-hour drive. Get directions and more information at the Grandview Park website.