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Backpack West Virginia’s Cranberry Wilderness

Discover a slice of rare Eastern wild country in West Virginia, where Canadian taiga meets Southern forests.
Backpacker_Magazine_West_VirginiaWest Virginia, Courtesy of National Park Service

Pick up a copy of the Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide by Allen DeHart and Bruce Sundquist ($18; West Virginia Highlands Conservancy) for trail beta and maps.

The Way
From Richwood, West Virginia, go 22 miles west on WV 39 to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. Turn left onto WV 150 and drive 10 miles to the North-South Trailhead.

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