The incomparable beauty of Pocahontas County is never more spectacular then when seen from one of our acclaimed trails. Over 800 miles of trails lead to high mountain peaks, cascading rivers and thunderous waterfalls.

A vast network of hiking and biking trails can be found throughout the county in the Monongahela National Forest and within our state parks, state forests, and rail-trails.

Greenbrier River Trail

One of West Virginia’s most successful rail-to-trail conversions, the Greenbrier River Trail has been named the Millennium Legacy Trail for West Virginia. Extending 78 miles and traversing 35 bridges and two tunnels, the Trail parallels the longest free flowing river in the east, the Greenbrier River, and features some of the most spectacular pastoral and woodland scenery West Virginia has to offer.

The Trail can be accessed from several points, including the southern terminus in Greenbrier County near Caldwell and the northern terminus near Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

West Fork Trail

The West Fork Trail, located in northern Pocahontas County, follows the old railroad grade 26 miles along the West Fork of the Greenbrier River, from the south trailhead in Durbin north to Glady. The Trail has a very gentle grade and is exceptionally scenic with wildflowers in the spring and summer months and gloriously colored vistas in the autumn.

The Trail offers access to a more remote section of the Greenbrier watershed and provides an excellent backcountry experience. Durbin, at the southern end, provides perfect access and supplies. Backpacking and camping are also popular on this nearly flat trail surface of crushed limestone. Loop opportunities off Burner and Allegheny Mountain offer two-day hikes and all day bike riding. Cross country skiing is exceptional along this trail in the winter.

Road Biking

Road biking in Pocahontas County provides some of the most popular and scenic routes in the state. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the mountains, dramatic fall foliage and an opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural setting.

A good trail in the northern end of the county is the 16 mile Arbovale Loop which takes you from the parking lot at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory to farm fields, old churches and beds of wildflowers. There are two other side trips available on this route.

The Denmar Road in the southern part of the county begins in Hillsboro and travels east, passing 18th century cemeteries, rolling corn fields, and brightly painted red barns. Stop and enjoy one of the areas last standing covered bridges, Locust Creek Bridge, before turning to get on Route 219 north into Hillsboro.

More challenging and dramatic trails include Lobelia Road and Back Mountain Road, each with available side trips for your appreciation.

Cranberry Backcountry

Adjacent to the southern side of the Cranberry Wilderness Area between Forest Service Road 102 and the Frosty Gap Trail is an additional 26,000 acres of forest known as the Cranberry Back Country. Either slope of Kennison Mountain holds several trails good for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking.
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