Hiking is all about getting out in nature and enjoying some fresh air while basking in the beauty of West Virginia. While it can certainly be good exercise, it doesn’t have to be hardcore to be legit. Here are 8 easy hikes that just about anyone can handle.
1. Harper's Ferry National Historic Park
Harper's Ferry National Historic Park is the halfway point along the 2,178-mile long Appalachian Trail. The park offers 20 miles of hiking trails, varying in difficulty. For a super easy hike, take the paved trail across the bridge and over the Potomac River. The scenery is amazing.
2. Marion County Trail
This riverside trail starts at Prickett's Fort State Park and meanders along for about three miles. Visit the historical fort at the state park beforehand, where docents dress in 18th century garb and show you what life was like back then.
3. Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is 22 miles long, so pick the portion you'd like to hike. The most popular spot along the trail is the 940-foot long Rosendale Trestle, which spans the Rondout Creek. When the bridge was built in 1872, it was the longest span bridge in the country. It sits high above the water, 150 feet.
4. Greenbrier River Trail
The Greenbrier River Trail stretches 77 miles through Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. Choose your section of the trail - they all offer stunning scenery and are very walkable.
5. Grandview State Park Overlook
Take the paved trail from the parking lot to the overlook for a stunning view with minimal effort. Don't forget your camera.
6. Allegheny Highlands Trail
This trail takes you through some of West Virginia's most gorgeous countryside scenery. Some sections have a bit of a grade; others are totally flat. The trail is groomed the entire way.
7. Glade Creek Trail
The Glade Creek Trail is about six miles out and back, and mostly easy with just a few spots where you'll navigate some rocks and tree branches. The payoff is this gorgeous waterfall!
White Oak Rail Trail
Most of this eight-mile trail is paved, making it the perfect spot for an easy walk. The trail runs through Oak Hill and connects Summerlee and Carlisle. You'll pass by some pretty, rural spots along the way, and find plenty of places to sit and have a rest.