The 10 Best Spots for Trail Running in West Virginia
From flat, peaceful runs through the West Virginia countryside to runs that will take you up to see some of the most incredible view you have ever seen, these running spots in the Mountain State are sure to become some of your new favorites:
Allegheny Highlands Trail
The Allegheny Highlands Trail follows the original route of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railway, which was built by Henry Gassaway Davis in 1884. This trail provides 24.5 miles of scenic trail through the West Virginia countryside for an idyllic setting while you run.
Cranberry Glades Botanical Area
The Cranberry Glades boardwalk is great for those looking for a quick run alongside nature. The boardwalk through the glades is .5 miles one-way, which makes for a nice one-mile run. Tip: Make sure you stay on the boardwalk as the fragile ecosystem of the area is off-limits to any foot traffic!
Brooke Pioneer Trail
Follow the east bank of the Ohio River between Wellsburg and the Brooke-Ohio County line at Short Creek on the Brooke Pioneer Trail. This 18-mile trail provides interpretive signs about the railroad history of the area, as well as stunning vistas of the Ohio River.
Bluestone State Park
If you’re looking for a more challenging run, hit the trails at Bluestone State Park, which are known for being great hill workouts. The views of Bluestone Lake make these trails even better. The trails at Bluestone State Park total 8+ miles and are open year-round.
Hit the Caperton Trail, which will take you through six miles of Morgantown. The trail passes by parks, restaurants, retail businesses and West Virginia University for a picturesque and enjoyable workout.
Sunrise Carriage Trail
For stunning views of Charleston, run the 1.4-mile Sunrise Carriage Trail. The trail was originally constructed in 1905 for the use of oxen-drawn wagons carrying massive stone building materials for the Sunrise Mansion. This trail is great for those looking for a peaceful run while surrounded by beauty.
Coopers Rock State Forest
Coopers Rock State Forest has many trails with a variety of terrain and views that’ll help you start looking forward to your daily run! There are many different trail options in Coopers Rock State Forrest with loop options great for both beginners and experts.
Glade Creek Trail
Start your run at the trailhead of the Glade Creek Trail located near the confluence of Glade Creek and the New River. From there you’ll be on your way for six miles of beautiful scenery and picturesque waterfalls. Located near the trailhead is a popular swimming hole, a.k.a. the prefect place to cool off after your run!
Greenbrier River Trail
Run along the Greenbrier River Trail, which is one of America’s premier rail trails. This 77-mile trail runs along the beautiful Greenbrier River and passes through the countryside of this area. No one will judge you if you stop to take a picture or two during your run on this gorgeous trail!
Wheeling Heritage Trails
A run along the Wheeling Heritage Trails is both beautiful and educational. The Wheeling Heritage Trails also known as the Ohio River Trail and the Wheeling Creek Trail provide a nice flat, paved trail for runners with signs along the way that provide a self-guided tour of Wheeling’s history.Order a Travel Guide
This post was last updated on March 17, 2022