Featured HIKING TRAILS
Southwest of Petersburg near Cabins in the Monongahela National Forest, the 14 mile North Fork Mountain Trail (#501) starts at North Fork Gap and hikes along the edge of North Fork Mountain. It runs along the top of a palisade, overlooking a gorge cut by the north fork of the South Branch of the Potomac and serving up magnificent views of nearby Cave Mountain and the distant Blue Ridge. The rocky and occasionally steep hiking trail takes you through oak-hickory stands and mountain laurel thickets to a radio tower on FS 79.
East of Morgantown, the 12,700 acre Coopersrock State Forest has 50 miles of rocky, diverse, and challenging trails including Scotts Run, Rock City, Ravens Rock, and Rhododendron Trail. The hikes pass through dense, rolling forests with rhododendron and mountain laurel.
Northeast of Lewsiburg and Marlinton near Cass, the Seneca State Forest (no relation to Seneca Rocks) has 23 miles of challenging, scenic hiking trails, including sections of both the Allegheny Trail and the Greenbrier River Trail. West Virginia's oldest state forest is located within the Monogahelia National Forest and has excellent rustic cabins.
South of Beckley, the 4000 acre Pipestem State Park has 12 miles of hiking trails. Checkout the harrowing 15 mile out and back down 1,000 feet into Bluestone Canyon.
South of Morgantown, the 1,100 acre Valley Falls State Park has 18 miles of hiking trails within the Tygart Valley River gorge. The best trailhead is located south of Fairmount.
East of Parkersburg near Waverly, the Mountwood Park system consists of 25 miles of wooded trails with moderate climbing. The trails are spread over 2,600 acres of rolling woodlands. The trail system is numbered.
East of Davis and Elkins in the Monongahela National Forest, the 10,200 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness Area has 25 miles of hiking trails. The routes tend to follow old railroad grades and logging roads. Dolly Sods Wilderness occupies the lower half of the drainage of the north fork of Red Creek.