5 must-see stops on the Allegheny Trail

The Allegheny Trail is a 330-mile trail that runs through the eastern part of West Virginia from Bruceton Mills to Peters Mountain, where it meets the Appalachian Trail. Some hikers take this challenging trek all at once, while others split up the trail into weekend excursions.

The trail is split into four sections and marked with 2”x 6” yellow blazes. Available for backpacking trips or day hikes, this volunteer-maintained trail system provides a perfect hike with scenic stops. Pack your backpack and grab your hiking boots and check out these stops on the Allegheny Trail:

Davis and Thomas

If you’re heading from the northern trailhead, Davis and Thomas will be welcome stops. These small towns are packed with art, restaurants, breweries and much more.

Surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest, Davis and Thomas are the perfect places to feel close to nature. While your there, make sure to stop at the Purple Fiddle Café, Brews and Stage in Thomas where you will be able to grab a sandwich or craft beer and stick around for live music.

Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

The Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory is in an old fire tower on Peters Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest. Featuring 360-degree views, this will be a perfect stop to watch migrant hawks or just take in the views.

Dolly Sods Wilderness

A visit to the 17,371 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness offers scenic hikes and breathtaking views. View vistas, waterfalls, swimming holes and natural rock formations as you hike through 47 miles of trails. Try popular hikes to Bear Rocks, Beaver Dam or Blackbird Knob.

Green Bank Observatory

Located in a National Radio Quiet Zone, the Green Bank Observatory will give you a chance to unplug and look around. Cell service and Wi-Fi are banned here, so take this opportunity to check out the telescope and hands-on exhibits at the Green Bank Science Center.

Blackwater Falls State Park

Explore the beauty of Blackwater Falls State Park and see the 57-foot falls, take advantage of 20 miles of hiking trails where you can see Elakala Falls and Pendleton Point Overlook.

Greenbrier River

Parts of the Allegheny Trail follow the Greenbrier River closely. Float down the river on a tube, raft, kayak or canoe. Stop by the 77 miles of Greenbrier River Trail which allows views of the river and passes through small towns, tunnels and bridges. While you’re around, check out Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

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This post was last updated on August 3, 2020