Relish The View From Beauty Mountain, The Most Aptly Named Peak In West Virginia
We’re blessed with some beautiful country at our fingertips here in West Virginia, and we know it. One spot that every West Virginian holds particularly dear is the New River Gorge, especially the area that includes the Endless Wall and the New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville. We know you’ve all taken the opportunity to stop at the New River Gorge Bridge Visitors Center and overlook…but have you ever seen the gorge from the vantage point of Beauty Mountain? If you answered no to that question, it’s high time to remedy that.
The New River, and the gorge it cuts through, is one of the most impressive natural wonders in the state of West Virginia. We don't make that claim lightly, because we know all about all the gorgeous places there are hiding throughout the state. But still, there's something extra special about the New River Gorge.
And while there are many spots along the New River Gorge where you can sit and enjoy the sight of this impressive canyon, there's only one Beauty Mountain.
The short, easy Beauty Mountain Trail, located on Beauty Mountain Road beyond the Headhouse Trailhead, is an under-rated option that holds quite a reward for those who seek it out.
In fact, one might well argue that Beauty Mountain is the most appropriately named peak in the whole Mountain State...
...especially if you time your visit to catch the moment when the sun is flaming violently along the far horizon. But even if you miss dawn on the mountain, the hike is still well worth the effort at any time of day.
You may even share the canyon rim with an adventurous rock climber or two.
So come on out to the rim of the New River Gorge along the Beauty Mountain Trail, stroll through thick forest and past jagged boulders, and carefully find a perch overlooking this magnificent gouge in our beautiful state.
For directions to the Beauty Mountain Trailhead from Fayetteville, check this
Google Map. And to enjoy another gorgeous hike along the rim of the New River Gorge, try the nearby Endless Wall Trail.
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Beauty Mountain Trail, Fayetteville, WV 25840, USA