The Mountain State is a hiker’s paradise, and if you’re searching for the best hiking in West Virginia, you don’t have to look far. Of the many paths that our state’s nature trails lead — through woods, across rivers, streams, and waterfalls (yes, over the river and through the woods, in many cases) — there is one that follows an abandoned rail line, through 10 tunnels, and over 38 bridges, making it one of the best hikes in West Virginia that absolutely belongs on your bucket list. Learn more about the adventures that await at the North Bend Rail Trail.

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The NBRT is not the only West Virginia trail steeped in history. Check out these six hiking trails that lead to some incredible prices of history.

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Uniques Hikes in West Virginia

Are there any other rail trails in West Virginia?

Another unique rail trail in West Virginia is the West Fork River Rail Trail.

There’s arguably no better use for an abandoned railroad than to convert it to a multi-use rail trail. That’s exactly what has happened to many of the historic but now defunct logging and mining train routes scattered across West Virginia. No tight curves, no steep hills, and running gently along for miles — those are just a few of the benefits these trails have to offer. And among the best of the dozens of rail trails in the state is the West Fork River Trail, which stretches over a dozen miles through some of the most scenic and historic country in the area, from Shinnston to Fairmont in West Virginia. A link in the chain of many trails that make up the national American Discovery Trail, West Virginia’s West Fork River Rail Trail was once a coal route for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Now, however, it carries a different kind of cargo: people! With segments in both Marion County (featuring an all-paved trail surface) and Harrison County (featuring a crushed gravel trail surface), the trail follows its namesake, the West Fork River, nearly its entire length. What that means for trail users is beautiful waterfront views, riverside cliffs, and lush river-bottom forests. In addition, if there's been recent rain, you might even get to see a waterfall or two!

Of course, there are many, many more marvelous hikes to tackle in the Mountain State; here are some of our top picks for your West Virginia hiking bucket list.

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