The West Virginia section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) runs a brief 4 miles through the northeastern corner of the state. Most notable in this short section is the footbridge across the Potomac River and the passing through historic Harpers Ferry near the ATC HQ. The elevation on this section ranges from 265 feet up to 1,200 feet.
The Appalachian Trail, commonly known by backpackers as the AT, is a popular 2,167 mile thru-hike along a wilderness footpath. The Appalachian Trail is a registered National Scenic Trail that winds along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia in the south to Maine in the north. More specifically, the AT runs through the scenic wooded and pastoral lands of fourteen eastern US states, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia, in the south to Mount Katahdin, Maine, in the north. The Appalachian Trail route is more than 99 percent protected by either federal ownership, state ownership or designated rights-of-way from local land owners.
Overall, Appalachian Trail is the 14th most popular hiking trail of all 15 hikes in West Virginia.