Fishing adventures that take you off the beaten path in Almost Heaven

It’s no secret that West Virginia is home to some of the best fishing on the East Coast. The state’s vast rivers and lakes make West Virginia an oasis for anglers from around the world. If you’re looking to step off the beaten path with your next spring fishing trip, visit these scenic Almost Heaven destinations.

Sandstone Falls

A beautiful drive down the appropriately named River Road near Hinton will lead you to one of the many gems of Summers County: Sandstone Falls. Along the way, you’ll pass overlooks, trails, river access points, campgrounds and cabins. The area is off the beaten path but remains easily accessible. Sandstone Falls is the largest waterfall on the New River and is divided by a series of islands. There are several trails around the park that lead to different access points to the river that are perfect for fishing for both small-mouth bass and catfish.

Clay County Rail Trail

The Clay County Business Development Authority has developed a unique six-mile trail for visitors to travel down via rail bikes. The trail spans between Dundon, and the site that was formerly the town of Adair. The trail runs along Buffalo Creek, which is a prime spot for anglers to catch brown trout, rainbow trout and small-mouth bass. The trail will take visitors through the rolling mountains and hills of Clay County and give them a chance to see countless species of wildlife along the way.

Cranberry River & Glades

Located in Pocahontas County, the Cranberry River is regarded by many to be one of the best streams on the East Coast for trout fishing. The river flows alongside the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, which is perfect for hiking and outdoor recreation. The Glades are home to five boreal-type bogs that contain flora typically found north in Canada and in higher elevations. There are several miles worth of trail throughout the Glades that will lead you to the Cranberry River.

Enjoy ultimate outdoor recreation on your next fishing trip to Almost Heaven. Endless trails, plant and wildlife, waterfalls and so much more are waiting to be explored right here in the Mountain State.

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This post was last updated on March 1, 2022