The mountains of West Virginia have a peacefulness and wonder that only sweeping views of nature can provide.
With diverse landscapes from scenic bridges to vast, gaping canyons, the Mountain State lives up to its name when it comes to amazing vistas, like these five show stoppers:
1. Lindy Point, Blackwater Falls State Park
Walk just about ⅓ of a mile across level terrain in Blackwater Falls State Park for a massive payoff— the view of Blackwater Canyon below you. Whether you’re hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter, surrounded by rock formations and looking over a canyon that seems endless, the overlook at Lindy Point creates an experience that’s filled with the magical, nature-filled solitude that West Virginia is known for.
2. Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
Of course the highest point in the Mountain State , standing at 4,863 feet above sea level, had to make the list. One thing that’s pretty great about the view from Spruce Knob is how accessible it is. Hike 14 miles from the base to the summit for a longer hike, or just drive to the top. Head up to the parking lot, and it’s just a quick 0.25-mile jaunt to the observation point.
3. Rohrbaugh Plains Overlook, Dolly Sods Wilderness
Clocking in at just longer than 7 miles, the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail leads to an overlook of the same name. It’s practically guaranteed to take your breath away as you stand above Red Creek Valley, peering over the edge. The trail is moderate to difficult and depends a lot on the time of year you undertake it— pack snowshoes in the winter and sturdy boots for all other times of the year.
Another trail that passes by the overlook is the Rohrbaugh Plains/Dolly Sods Shuttle hike. Take this slightly longer, 10-mile hike for boundless meadows, swimming holes perfect for a summer dip and waterfalls galore.
4. Ravens Rock Overlook, Coopers Rock State Forest
The trail itself is pretty straightforward, but the bluff-filled view of Coopers Rock State Forest is mind-blowing, especially when the leaves are firing up in the fall. Locals think it’s one of the best views around. Take the short but moderate trail up to a spectacular view of the Cheat River canyon below. Not far from Morgantown, this 1.5-mile trail is good to go all year round, and you can totally bring your pooch with you as long as she’s on a leash. Make sure you’re prepared for mud if there was a recent rain.
5. Long Point Trail, New River Gorge
Last, but certainly not least, is the view you’ll get of the famous New River Gorge and iconic bridge that the Long Point Trail delivers. Just 1.6 miles on this easy forest trail will get you to one of the best and most photographed views in the state. Be careful about the steep dropoffs along the trail. Some spots are slightly unprotected, so don’t get too distracted by the view!
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Originally written by RootsRated for West Virginia .
Featured image provided by Robert Aberegg