WV Trail Rules & Information

Rules & Etiquette:

  • Throw away your trash. It keeps our forests pristine and you clear of a fine for littering.
  • Don’t disturb (or try to take) any plants, objects or wildlife. It’s illegal in the parks.
  • Keep pets on leashes at all times.

Watch out for:

  • Poison ivy. Learn what it looks like so you can recognize it.
  • Snakes. Southern WV has 2 to watch for: copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.
  • Cliffsides. WV’s mountain overlooks offer great views, but use caution around the edges.
  • Abandoned coal mines and coke ovens. Don’t go inside. They are unstable, often full of snakes and bees, and have very little air.
  • Wet wooden bridges. They can be slippery, especially for cyclists.

Things to Bring:

  • Clothes and shoes that are appropriate for hiking
  • Extra water, and snacks for long hikes
  • Tick repellant for spring and summer
  • Weather-specific items and attire: Check the weather before you head out, and rain gear is always a good idea. SWV is prone to sudden storms.
  • A map and other navigational tools, like a GPS or compass
  • Orange clothing during hunting season if you’re in an area hunting is permitted
  • A first aid kit in case of emergency, or small cuts

Additional considerations for bikers:

  • Wear a helmet!
  • Only bike on trails designated for cycling.
  • Watch for hazards in the trail. Mountain terrain can get rough.
  • Be courteous:
    • Yield to horseback riders and pedestrians by slowing down, making sure they know you are approaching, and passing safely.
    • If you’re going downhill, also yield to other cyclists coming up.

If you’re going alone, it’s always best to let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to get back. In case of emergencies, call 911.