There’s no doubt that West Virginia’s mountains are some of the most majestic in the Mid-Atlantic. Attractions across the state allow for opportunities to step back from your busy, daily life.
Considered to be a “high-mountain paradise,” Tucker County, West Virginia, is a state favorite location to relax in nature. Hundreds of miles of winding trails meander through Tucker County’s wild landscape, many leading to some of the area’s most prized scenic areas.
The Dolly Sods Wilderness and Scenic Area is one of the Monongahela National Forest’s most treasured natural assets. Situated atop one of the highest plateaus east of the Mississippi, this U.S. Wilderness Area is characterized by weather typically found much farther north in Canada, according to Canaan Valley tourism.
If you’re looking for an Instagrammable panoramic view, find it at the top of Bald Knob at 4,308 feet above sea level. Hike to the top (a 2.5-mile, strenuous hike) or take a chairlift ride from Canaan Valley Resort.
And it wouldn’t be a trip to the Canaan Valley without a stop at Blackwater Falls. There’s something extra majestic about watching the Blackwater River crash six stories over the falls into the natural pool 62 feet below. Its beauty is accessible to almost anyone thanks to a boardwalk.
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In Southern West Virginia, adventure junkies have to make the Hatfield-McCoy trail system a bucket-list item: A nationally known trail system most popular for its off-highway vehicle trails. The trail system is a multi-county project, so get a permit and start riding at trailsheaven.com.
The Hatfield-McCoy Trails System is specifically designed to accommodate all levels of riders from novices to pros.The trail system covers hundreds of miles throughout Southern West Virginia: You can find descriptions, directions and more on the trails system website.
Other mountains to explore
Spruce Mountain is the highest of the West Virginia mountains and located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest. With more than 75 miles of hiking trails and a small lake, it’s a great place to escape to hike, fish, camp or fulfill any kind of outdoor adventure.
Cheat Mountain is a rugged ridge spanning 50 miles long and five miles wide. Of the West Virginia mountains, it has the highest point at 4,848 feet above sea level. It runs the entire length of Randolph County.
North Fork Mountain boasts a highest point of 4,588 feet. It is capped in quartzite and unlike a lot of the neighboring mountains, it is a dry mountain with mixed oaks, pine trees, and mountain laurel instead of red spruce forest.