If you’re looking to disconnect and reconnect with nature, West Virginia is the place for you. Filled with rolling mountains and low river valleys, West Virginia’s landscape is carved with family-friendly hikes, backcountry trails and everything in between. What do all trails in West Virginia have in common? Scenic vista views that will leave you breathless. Find the path to where you belong, right here in Almost Heaven.

Discover all that Almost Heaven has to offer along a breathtaking trail. Take your pick of gentle strolls, adventurous treks and backcountry trails. As you reach a scenic peak, you will understand what makes West Virginia the Mountain State.

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Must Visit Hiking Destinations

From tree-lined pathways to rugged rocky trails, West Virginia is home to breathtaking treks. With something for every adventurer, finding your path in Almost Heaven is easy. Explore these scenic getaways.

Dolly Sods Wilderness

Dolly Sods Wilderness encompasses over 17,000 acres of land within the Monongahela National Forest. This makes it a prime location for the extended hiking trip. Elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet above sea level, making it an excellent place for vistas. Encounter one of West Virginia’s famous landmarks; Lion’s Head Rock.

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Coopers Rock State Forest

If you are looking for 360-degree views, then Coopers Rock State Forest is for you. Located about 13 miles from Morgantown, the park features canyon overlooks, historical sites, and over 50 miles of trails. Use any of the 21 trails to explore the 12,747 acres that make up the state forest. The main overlook showcases the gorgeous views of the Cheat River.

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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. This trail has something for everyone, from short day hikes to extended trips. The trail passes through or near 3 state parks, 4 state forests, 2 national wilderness areas, and the Monongahela, George Washington, and Jefferson National Forests.

Allegheny Trail Must-Sees

Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area

Sitting at 4,863 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is the highest peak in the Allegheny Mountains and West Virginia. The 16.5-mile trek to the summit has been called one of the top 5 backpacking routes in the mid-Atlantic. If you are up for more hiking enjoy other trails in the area like the Seneca Creek Trail, Huckleberry Trail, or the Lumberjack Trail.

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How to Start Hiking

Many people start their outdoor experience with hiking. West Virginia is a perfect place to begin your hiking journey. The Mountain State has everything from short to long, out and backs, point to points, or loop trails. Find the right path to begin your journey right here in Almost Heaven.

What to Bring

Your gear list is always going to vary on the weather, time of year, and Almost Heaven destination. If you are traveling with friends or a local guide, it is always best to consult them on specific gear needs. However, if you’re just looking for the basics, here’s a helpful list that outlines the gear almost every adventurer needs.

  • Comfortable clothes to hike in
  • Appropriate footwear to go on the unbeaten path
  • A water bottle with extra water
  • Extra layers of clothes depending on the weather
  • Sunglasses with retention strap
  • A small waterproof bag
  • Sunscreen

Hiking Season

The best thing about hiking in Almost Heaven is that it can be done all year long. The most popular seasons for hiking are spring, summer, and fall. Do not count out winter, make sure you have the proper boots or snowshoes.

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