Summer is just a couple months away, and if you’re like me, you may already be planning a few summer getaways. Hopefully, those getaways will include some hiking to some of West Virginia’s most beautiful state parks.
West Virginia is home to over 33 state parks and tons of hiking trails. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, there are so many places to go hiking in West Virginia this summer, I promise, you won’t get bored. Just don’t forget your [amazon_textlink asin=’B00LIM2GQU’ text=’hiking boots’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’cryscard-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3734b5f3-fa57-11e8-8127-99f8f7cd2307′].
With all the places to go hiking, it was kind of hard to narrow this list down to just 5, but here are 5 of my favorite hiking spots in West Virginia that my family has personally visited.
Coopers Rock is a must for thrill seekers. Stand atop a natural rock overlooking the Cheat River Gorge and the beautiful West Virginian mountains, if you dare. Just 13 miles from Morgantown, WV – home to the famous [amazon_textlink asin=’B002SEFWMM’ text=’West Virginia Mountaineers’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’cryscard-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9658f0f4-fa57-11e8-8572-0912b58fdc3a’], Coopers Rock State Forest offers miles of beautiful hiking, numerous overlooks, camping, fishing, and so much more. Visit on a beautiful summer day to get the most out of your visit.
Blackwater Falls is one of West Virginia’s most popular falls. Located in Davis, West Virginia near Canaan Valley State Park, Blackwater Falls has so much to offer. From miles of mountain hikes to a breathtaking black waterfall, folks from all the country come to enjoy the rarity of this beautiful waterfall. Book a campsite, or stay at the Blackwater Falls lodge; whatever you choose, you won’t regret your visit.
Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
Seneca Rocks will have you do a double take. One of the more moderate hiking trails on this list, Seneca Rocks features a 1.5 uphill hike to the top of the formation of rocks. Atop, folks who make the whole climb, can look around on the overlook. Not sure you can make it to the top, try renting a horse, or if you’re looking for more of a thrill, attempt rock climbing your way to the top. Just be sure to pick up your copy of the Seneca Rocks climbing guidebook first.
Pipestem State Forest
Pipestem State Forest doesn’t get enough credit. Located in Southern West Virginia this park has a lot to offer and some of the most breathtaking views in all of West Virginia. Named Year-round Crown Jewel of West Virginia State Parks, there’s no doubt that this park is worth the visit. Offering something for everyone, be sure to take the 6-minute long aerial tramway down 3,600 feet to the Bluestone River Gorge.
New River Gorge
New River Gorge is undeniably one of the most famous National State Parks in West Virginia. Home to the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest steel arch bridge in the world, folks from all over stop to enjoy the breathtaking views.
Hike to the overlook where you can get a gorgeous view of the bridge, or visit during West Virginia’s famous Bridge Day and watch as people, from all over, bungee jump from the bridge. New River Gorge has so much to offer including a visitor’s center, biking, climbing, whitewater rafting, and so much more. No matter what time of the year you visit, you won’t be sorry you did.