ACCESSIBLE HIKING TRAILS IN WEST VIRGINIA
In the mountains of West Virginia, incredible hiking opportunities await for everyone to experience. Walk alongside nature on these 6 accessible trails, perfect for wheelchairs, scooters and strollers.
Blackwater Falls Gentle Trail
The Gentle Trail at Blackwater Falls State Park is, a gentle hike perfect for any nature lover. This quarter-mile paved path will take you from the parking lot right to one of the most iconic landmarks in the Mountain State: Blackwater Falls. From this observation deck, you’ll get a birds-eye view of the fall’s show-stopping, amber waters.
Cranberry Bog Boardwalk
Found in the Monongahela National Forest, the Cranberry Glades are unlike your typical Mountain State landscape. The Glades are home to five different bogs that contain plant life typically found in the tundra. Here you’ll find a level boardwalk that takes you right through it all. This half-mile loop is an easy, yet beautiful walk that will take you through some of the most unique plant life in the state (you may even spot some wild animals!)
While you’re here, stop by the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center to learn more about the ecosystem and history of the area.
White Oak Road and Trail
Camp Creek State Park and Forest offers over 30 miles of hiking adventures that showcase Almost Heaven’s most beautiful scenery. Explore the White Oak Road and Trail for a 1.4-mile hike amongst thick groves of native rhododendron. The path’s crushed gravel terrain makes it fairly easy to navigate with a stroller or wheelchair.
Sandstone Falls Boardwalk
Sandstone Falls is a sight you won’t forget. Earning its title as the largest falls on the New River, these magnificent waters span 1500 ft. across the river and drop 10 to 25 ft. The Sandstone Falls boardwalk is a quarter-mile, wheelchair-accessible trail leading to observation decks with remarkable views of this landmark.
Test your angler skills at the nearby wheelchair-accessible fishing area of Glade Creek Campground.
Spotted Salamander Trail
The Spotted Salamander Trail is a quarter-mile interpretive trail found at Kanawha State Forest. The 9,300-acre forest is popular among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. This paved, level walkway is the perfect way to see this unique wildlife first-hand. It features braille interpretive nature stations as well as guideposts and ropes.
Extra Mile Trail
North Bend State Park is also home to an accessible interpretive trail. The Extra Mile Trail is a paved, level path with hand rails on each side that will guide you through the lush forest, abundant wildlife, and beautiful rural setting of the park; an easy, scenic hike for everyone.