Five Best Hiking Trail Views
No shock to anyone, the mountain state has no shortage of high peaks with incredible views. The Appalachian Mountains provide the state of West Virginia with great hiking trails with a reward at the end. That is, if you can see the view through the thick foliage of the state.
Gotowv.com, the state’s official resource site for tourists, ranked the five best views in their state.
- Overlook Rock Trail, Kanawha State Forest
This trail is located just on the outside of West Virginia’s largest city, Charleston. The 1.5-mile one-way route is covered in mossy rocks, thick trees, and bubbling streams. When you reach the top of the trail, the trees will open and you will see a spectacular view of the hills that surround Charleston city.
- Long Point Trail, New River Gorge
The Long Point Trail in Fayetteville County’s New River Gorge National River is not known for its peak; after all, it is a gorge. The 1.6-mile hike leads you to the tip of a rocky peninsula. The peninsula overlooks New River and Wolf Creek and hundred-foot sandstone cliffs the jet out in three directions. When you reach the edge, you will also see the New River Gorge Bridge. This makes for a nice twist of nature meets man made materials.
The return hike splits into dozens of mini trails. Some of these trails lead to abandoned mining towns, Fayetteville Town Park, and other little streams and waterfalls.
- High Knob Fire Tower, Brandywine Recreation Arena
The High Knob Fire Tower is located right on the border of West Virginia and Virginia in the George Washington National Forest. The Brandywine Recreation Area features various lakes, developed camping, and the Saw Mill Loop Trail. The recreation area also features a 3-mile 650-foot climb to the High Knob Fire Tower.
Once you reach the top of the trail, the trees will open up into a meadow. You can proceed to climb the High Knob Fire Tower. The tower will give you a 360-degree view over two state borders.
- Raven Rock Trail, Coopers Rock State Forest
Coopers Rock State Forest is just outside of the college town of Morgantown and features mountain biking, camping, and rock climbing on the rim of Cheat River Canyon. For the best views, take the 1.5-mile hike to the edge of the peak that overlooks Cheat Lake.
- Dolly Sods, Monongahela National Forest
The 17,000-acre in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is home to 50 miles of trails and it can take hikers multiple days to finish. Some of the best views in the state are hidden in this area of the vast mountain ranges of West Virginia.