4 best cross-country skiing trails around the New River region

Once winter blankets your favorite trails with snow, you don’t have to stay inside. Grab your cross-country skis to explore!

Experience the sparkling beauty of West Virginia’s winter wonderland as you glide through the Appalachians:

1. Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem Resort State Park, the Bluestone National Scenic River’s neighbor, offers incredible views of the River and has more than 15 miles of ungroomed cross-country skiing trails. The forest here is full of deer, birds and small animals to keep you company.

2. Rend Trail

The wide, smooth Rend Trail keeps you breathless with amazing views and quaint bridges to cross. You’ll follow the old Arbuckle Branch Railroad to Thurmond and trail along the banks of the New River.

3. Turkey Spur Road

Once it snows, park officials close the gate, and the road becomes an amazing cross country ski trail. At 1,400 feet above the New River, Turkey Spur Road is an easy, mellow cross-country ski tour with grand views of the old town of Quinnimont and the river at the Turkey Spur Overlook.

4. Tri-Rivers Trail

Explore the Upper Upper Gauley from downtown Richwood. This trail is named after the Cranberry, Cherry and Gauley Rivers along the route. You’ll also slide through the 640-foot Sarah’s tunnel. 

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