Hiking

Hikers at Beauty Mountain, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, New River Gorge Region
Hikers at Beauty Mountain

More than 4,000 miles of designated hiking trail wander the hills of West Virginia, literally ascending from its lowest points along the Ohio and the Potomac rivers to its highest at Spruce Knob. Along the way, hiking trails wander through state and national parks and lead through towns of every kind.

WE'RE SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE: HIKING INFORMATION AT WEST VIRGINIA EXPLORER IS DOWN AND WILL BE PUBLISHED AGAIN IN AUTUMN 2017.

West Virginia Hiking News

At the center of the eastern U.S., West Virginia makes fora popular destination for winter hiking.

Six tips for hiking West Virginia in winter weather

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Hiking in West Virginia in winter can prove a transcendent experience. Nothing compares to a stroll through a wonderland of snow...
New River at Grandview, Raleigh County, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, New River Gorge Region

West Virginia hiking blogger says New River Gorge tops inquiries

GRANDVIEW, W.Va. — Though travel to West Virginia is increasing statewide, a blogger best known for helping families with children find good hiking options...
New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point

Long Point Trail offers unrivaled views of New River Gorge

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve offers countless opportunities for adventures, and one of the most accessible and highly rewarding is a...
A young black bear peers out from a thicket.

What if I meet a wild black bear in the woods in West Virginia?

You might have heard that black bears are increasing in population in West Virginia. What should you do if you see one when you're...
Ice at Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV, Allegheny Highlands Region

W.Va. State Parks hosting Jan. 1 guided hikes at eight parks

Guided hikes have been scheduled for January 1, 2022, at eight state parks in West Virginia in concert with the national First Day Hikes...