West Virginia January 30, 2016
This One Hike In West Virginia Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience
If you’re looking for beautiful views and you’re not afraid of heights, Endless Wall Trail is the place for you. Last year it was named Best National Park Hike by the readers of USA Today. Read on to find out why:
Endless Wall Trail offers spectacular views of the New River from about 1,000 feet above it. (Be careful, though, there are no railings.)
Sometimes you can see and even hear the whitewater rafters below, making their way down the lower New River.
Thousands of climbers come to the New River Gorge every year for the vertical sandstone walls, visible on the trail.
The trail is 2.4 miles long and zig zags along cliffs, passing through forest and through Fern Creek.
The trail has several scenic overlooks, including Diamond Point.
The property near Endless Wall was the site of the Nuttallburg Mine — the largest mine in the New River Coalfields in the late 1800s.
The land was sold to the National Park Service in 1998 by the Nuttall Estate.
The overlooks along the trail are a great place to rest and take in the view, as long as you don't fear heights.
Want to hike it? To get to Endless Wall, turn off U.S. 19 in on Lansing-Edmond Road, just north of the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. The Fern Creek Trailhead is located 1.3 miles down the road, while the Nuttall Trailhead is 1.8 miles from U.S. Route 19.
Have you hiked Endless Wall? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
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