Short < 3 Miles

Hawks Ridge Loop

Trail Map: The Hike: This hike passes through a small part of the 40,000 acres of Cheat Mountain which joined the Monongahela National Forest in the 1980s. Before being rescued by the Forest service, logging companies cut down most of the trees and strip mines devastated the landscape. The high, wide-open landscape has been nicknamed

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Appalachian Trail to Keffer Oak

Trail Map: The Hike: This easy hike on the Appalachian Trail has some nice meadow and mountain views. It also passes beside Keffer Oak, the 2nd largest tree on the AT. From the trailhead parking area, cross route 42 and follow a gravel double track road which runs beside the highway. In about 200 yards,

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Hanging Rock Overlook

Trail Map: The Hike: This easy hike has some fantastic views. Located in the Shawvers Run Wildness in Jefferson National Forest, this hike is a hidden gem. It’s popular with locals but not well known to most hikers. Part of the reason could be the 3-mile drive on the forest road leading to the trailhead. 

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Roaring Run Hoop Hole

The Hike: This easy hike passes beside Roaring Run much of the way. We hiked following heavy rains and the stream was full and the falls were spectacular. This loop trail combines the Woodland Trail and the Streamside Trail. Both trails begin near the trail kiosk by the restrooms.  We began the loop by following

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Powhatan State Park Loop

The Hike: This hike combines several short trails into a pleasant trip through wildflowers, meadows and forests with some nice James River views. Stop at the Visitor Center to pick up a trail map. From the Trailhead parking area, follow the tan-blazed Turkey Trail as is meanders beside a meadow before entering the forest.  Powhatan

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Hanging Rock (WV) Observatory

The Hike: This short hike has some great views with minimal hiking effort. Located in the Potts Creek Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia, this hike climbs up Peters Mountain on the Eastern Continental Divide to a raptor observatory. The hike travels along the Allegheny Trail a 311-mile long trail stretching from Pennsylvania to West

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Shenandoah River State Park Loop

The Hike: Shenandoah River State Park is located just across US 340 from its national park cousin. The park has 5 miles of Shenandoah River South Fork shoreline and over 25 miles of hiking trails. We visited on a rainy day in late March when the Virginia bluebells were at their peak. This loop hike

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