These 6 West Virginia Hiking Trails Lead To Some Incredible Pieces Of History
There’s no denying that West Virginia is one of the most history rich places in the country. Not only that, but it’s also full of family friendly hiking trails that are perfect for learning about our state’s history and feeling closer to West Virginia’s past. When you combine the incredible history behind these hikes with the incredible, heart-stopping views, you get a hiking experience that you’ll always remember. Check out these six hiking spots that will bring you closer to West Virginia’s important and fascinating past.
1. Kaymoor Trail
Near Fayetteville is a scenic 1.6 mile loop trail that will lead you down to an old kaymoor mine. Not only are the old mine's ruins incredible to see with your own eyes, the hike to get there is extraordinary. The area is surrounded by lush foliage and you'll even come across a beautiful waterfall. The old mining equipment and buildings are accompanied by signs containing information about their history.
2. Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail is arguably one of the most popular historic walks in West Virginia. It stretches for over 2,000 miles and spans across several states from Maine to Georgia. About four miles of it goes through West Virginia, specifically the historic town of Harpers Ferry. During it's four miles, you'll come across several points of interest including Jefferson Rock, the ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church, and John Brown's Fort.
3. Armory Canal Trail
Also located in Harpers Ferry is the stunning Armory Canal Trail, which is full of incredible pieces of history. As you walk along the trail's idyllic setting, you'll pass by the ruins of old houses and buildings such as the Flour Mill and the old arsenal. You'll also learn all about the importance of the canals on the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers and how the canals were used over hundreds of years.
4. Coopers Rock State Forest
Coopers Rock State Forest is an area that is swimming with beauty and history. At 12,700 acres, this forest boasts incredible forestry for as far as you can see. There's ton to see and explore within the forest, but one of the most interesting parts of the state forest is the site of the old Henry Clay Iron Furnace. You can find the furnace, which was constructed in 1834, via the Clay Furnace or Clay Run trails.
5. Carnifex Ferry Battlefield
This beautiful state park was the site of an important battle during the Civil War. The trail takes you through the battlefield site which is set among a peaceful wooded area and treats you to incredible views of the Gauley River. You'll even get to access an old wartime cottage which has been turned into a museum and houses some amazing Civil War artifacts.
6. Fort Boreman
Fort Boreman Park in Parkersburg is the site of an old Civil War fort which overlooks an incredibly scenic valley. The fort was used by the Union to protect the Baltimore and Ohio railroad from the Confederate army. The walking trails in the park lead you to some picturesque views of the city along with the majestic Ohio River. Along the way are several interpretive signs to inform you about the area's incredible role in the Civil War.
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