5 Places To Get Away On National Trails Day

June is the time for getting outside in southern West Virginia, and it kicks off with National Trails Day on the 6th.  All over our area, you can get together at different locations to enjoy some trail time, and learn about the environment that you’re walking through.  Here are some spots to check out…

•   Twin Falls Resort State Park –  Hike n’ Bike National Trails Day at Twin Falls is a chance for people to get out on the trail whichever way they’d like to for some guided hikes and rides.  Meet at 10 am at the Scout Field.
•   Pipestem Resort State Park and New River Gorge National River – The Old Bluestone Turnpike Hike is a 10 mile guided trek along the Bluestone River that starts at Pipestem and ends at Bluestone State Park.  Bring water, lunch, and sturdy hiking shoes, and meet at Pipestem’s Mountain Creek Lodge (bottom tram) at 10 am.  There’s a free shuttle back to Pipestem, too!
•    Cranberry Glades –  This guided hike along the Cow Pasture Trail in Cranberry Glades is hosted by the US forest service.  It’s a 7.8 mile loop, and the group will be doing some light trail maintenance along the way.  Bring food and water, and be ready to hike!  Get info and pre-register with the Forest Service by email  nwelch@fs.fed.us .
•    Paint Creek Scenic Trail Bike Ride –  This tour is hosted by the Paint Creek Watershed Association.  There’s a 60 mile ride for avid cyclists and a 16 mile family ride, and both meet at 10 am.  Some refreshments are provided, and there will be fishing and music at the end of the day.  Register via email info@lowerpaintcreek.com .
•   Hawks Nest State Park – Here’s an easy and accessible Guided Hike called Hawks Nest Encounter Nature.  Groups will meet at the Mill Creek Rail Trail trailhead at 9 am for this easy two mile hike down to the New River.  Do a bit of clean up along the way, and learn about the woody plants, wild herbs, and local history in the area.

Of course, you can enjoy these trails all season long.  Do you know some other good hikes in the area?  Which ones are your favorites?

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