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West Virginia Backpacking Trails

Morgantown: Breathed Mountain Loop

This 16.2-mile overnighter in Dolly Sods Wilderness traverses a wild, isolated land more like northern Canada than the forests of West Virginia.

Morgantown: Otter Creek Trail

Chug 6.2 miles along an old railroad scar and a lively creek to a wetland glade bustling with wildlife and birds in Monongahela National Forest.

Morgantown: Ridge Trail Loop

This mellow 4-mile hike tours the rolling hills and lush, wildlife-filled wetlands that make up scenic Canaan Valley State Park.

Morgantown: Blackbird Knob Loop

Soak up views from open balds on this moderate 10.4-mile hike through a born-again wilderness once dotted with grazing sheep and WWII soldiers.

Harpers Ferry: Loudoun Heights via the AT

Hop a train for a weekend on Blue Ridge trails near the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Appalachian Trail: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park

This 10.4-miler passes Jefferson Rock, climbs Weverton Cliff for jaw-dropping views, then continues on temperate terrain to Gathland State Park.

Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to Keys Gap

Pass the 1,000-mile-marker on the AT (for northbound hikers) on this 13.4-mile trip to Raven Rocks promising breathtaking views of Shenandoah Valley. Don’t miss the bench swing at David Lesser Shelter.

Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to Harpers Ferry

Perfect for a day hike or longer out-and-back, this 6.1-miler rolls through mid-Atlantic woodlands then descends into Harpers Ferry, the merging point of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

Bartow, WV: East Fork Trail

Drink in the Appalachian scenery along a cascading mountain river in the Monongahela National Forest.

Richwood, WV: Cranberry Wilderness

Tour proposed new acres for this idyllic preserve on a 9-mile loop bordered by the Cranberry and Williams Rivers.

Washington, DC: Halfmoon Mountain Loop

Climb 1,500 feet on this moderate 9.4-mile circuit.

Monongahela National Forest, WV: Cranberry Wilderness Loop

Circle an upland swamp rich with views, solitude, and wild edibles.

Morgantown, WV: Spruce Knob via Spring Ridge Trail

Climb to West Virginia’s highest peak (and pass Seneca Falls) on this 11.5-mile point-to-point located in Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area.

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Morgantown: Otter Creek Trail

Chug 6.2 miles along an old railroad scar and a lively creek to a wetland glade bustling with wildlife and birds in Monongahela National Forest.

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Morgantown: Blackbird Knob Loop

Soak up views from open balds on this moderate 10.4-mile hike through a born-again wilderness once dotted with grazing sheep and WWII soldiers.

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