Escape to the Great Outdoors: Hiking Trails

Southern West Virginia is the perfect destination to get outside and breathe some fresh air. From woodland paths that open up to amazing vistas to treks down into the New River Gorge, hit the area trails this spring for an unmatched experience. 

 

Endless Wall Trail

Stunning views of the New River Gorge Bridge and the steep sandstone cliffs that line the gorge make the Endless Wall Trail in Lansing one of the most notable trails in Southern West Virginia. Named the Best National Park Hike in USA Today’s Best Readers’ Choice contest in 2015, this trail is popular year-round. 

 

Piney Creek Gorge

Just a few steps away from the Beckley YMCA Soccer Complex is an unexpected trail system that offers amazing outlooks to hikers, bikers and runners. The Piney Creek trail system has 10 miles of paths that wind through the woods and butts up to the edge of Piney Creek Gorge.

 

Greenbrier River Trail

Nestled among the mountains lies the Greenbrier River Trail, a 78-mile former railroad track that passes through numerous small towns and offers the perfect backdrop for a leisurely winter walk.

The longest rail-trail of its kind in West Virginia, the Greenbrier River Trail snakes along the river, crossing 35 bridges, traveling through two tunnels and providing a glimpse of some of the most remote areas in the state. 

Summersville Lake – Long Point Trail 

If you like mild hikes that take you to unbelievable scenes, check out Long Point Trail at Summersville Lake (keep in mind that this is NOT the trail of the same name in the New River Gorge). Summersville Lake, a man-made reservoir managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, is a top destination in the area for recreation, including both motorized and manually powered watercraft. This 3.9-mile out-and-back trail is wide and well-marked with a gentle gradient winding through the woodlands covering Long Point. The route takes you through the thick of a classic Appalachian hardwood forest, home to one of the most diverse collections of birds in North America.