Hiking

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 and the 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

Hikers trek into a spruce forest in the West Virginia highlands.

WVU professor says trail use up, thanks to pandemic

A West Virginia University researcher says exercising on local rail trails has doubled during the pandemic and is safe as long as people use...
Trailhead at Pioneer Nature Trail at Glenville. (Photo: Glenville State College)

First phase of nature trail at Glenville State College complete

The first section of a walkable nature trail at Glenville State College has been completed, though there's more to come, according to the interim...
Students at Bethany College stroll the Parkinson Forest.

Bethany's Parkinson Forest added to old-growth network

The Parkinson Forest at Bethany College has been added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network—the eleventh site in West Virginia to be included and...
Backroad in Mercer County, Bluestone Region

Ask Levi: What are good subjects for a fall hike with children?

Dear Levi: We'd like to take our grandchildren on an autumn leaf hike. What are some points we can make about the fall leaf...
A young black bear peers out from a thicket.

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

Dear Levi: I've read that black bears are increasing in population in West Virginia. What should I do if I see one when I'm...

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