WV winter hikes

Winter wonderland: 3 stunning snowy National Park hikes

Once your favorite trails sparkling with fresh snow, it’s time to lace up your boots and hit the trail!

If you think the trails in Southern West Virginia National Parks are amazing the rest of the year, well you are in for a real treat. Not only does snow and ice make the natural world simply magical, it also brings an incredible peace and tranquility to the forest.

Here are a few places to explore in the snowy scenery:

1. Lilly Road – Bluestone National Scenic River

Lilly Road is a 5-mile-long gravel road. This wide, flat path takes you all the way to the banks of the Bluestone River. Along the way you’ll probably spot deer, birds and other animals scampering in the snow.

2. Kaymoor Trail – New River Gorge National River

Accessed from the south side of Fayette Station Road, the Kaymoor Trail takes you past a waterfall before following the contours of the New River Gorge 600 feet above the New River to the old Kaymoor #1 mine site, and to spectacular views of the gorge and the Endless Wall.

3. Patterson Trail- Gauley River National Recreation Area

From Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park,  you can get a gorgeous view of the Gauley River. Take the 2-mile Patterson Trail, which loops around the park to 3 river vistas that are wildly stunning in the snow. If you’re enjoying the trek, there are other trails that link into the loop, so you can extend your stroll.

What’s your favorite snowy trail in or near the National Parks of Southern WV?

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