Explore the Trails of West Virginia's New River Gorge
The trails in and around the West Virginia's New River Gorge are ideal for everything from wilderness backpacking to scenic day hikes. Take in panoramic West Virginia mountain views, spot local wildlife or cool off in a waterfall on this revitalizing adventure.
We encourage you to explore the area on your own, but for those who want a bit more certainty in their adventures, we offer guided hiking options for all fitness levels.
Whether you are a first time hiker or an expert trail hound, you will be struck by the beauty and rich, cultural heritage of the New River Gorge area. Photographers will love the the seemingly endless vistas and other photo ops along our favorite hikes, like the stunning Mill Creek Trail.
And don't forget the ghost towns.
The New River Gorge was once a thriving chain of coal mining towns, the product of which helped power the United States through the Industrial Revolution and both World Wars. Many of those towns are still there, though nobody lives there anymore and the forest reclaimed them years ago. And we know precisely where all the best ones are.
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore the beauty of the New River Gorge region.
And if you can't get enough of the fresh air and fantastic views, try our longer Half-Day Hike.
Each trip will be led by one of our guides.
You won't need much more than your personal items and gear. We'll provide an expert guide who has the knowledge to get you to some amazing places you might otherwise not find.
What to Bring
Wear closed-toed shoes to handle the often rocky and uneven terrain. Hiking boots are certainly recommended, but sneakers of running shoes are fine, too. Dress for the weather with a long sleeve shirt or jacket and long pants for cooler days. Wear rain gear for rainy or windy days, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring drinking water and a small backpack or fanny pack.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.