The Allegheny Trail is a long distance trail that meanders 288 miles through many different environments and public land areas of West Virginia. The trail is sometimes on roads (paved, gravel, gated), sometimes on jeep trails and sometimes on single track. The northern terminus is at the Mason-Dixon Line near Bruceton Mills, while the southern terminus meets the Appalachian Trail at the Virginia border. The following are some of the areas that the Allegheny Trail traverses: From north to south - Cheat Canyon WMA, Horseshoe Run, Olson Tower/Blackwater Canyon, Blackwater Falls SP, Canaan Mtn Backcountry, Canaan Valley SP, Glady Fork, Middle Mtn/Laurel Fork Area, Shavers Fork Area, Gaudineer Knob, Greenbrier River, Seneca State Forest, Watoga SP, Lake Sherwood/Middle Mtn Area, and Peters Mountain.
For detailed information about hiking the trail, see the WV Scenic Trails Association webpage below. A trail guide with maps and descriptions is available in both hard copy or digital versions.
Mind the Gap: Completing the Allegheny Trail (Highland Outdoors)
Directions:The Allegheny Trail has many access points throughout its length. The northern terminus is at 39.720749, -79.700628 north of Bruceton Mills, WV. The southern terminus is at 37.424070, -80.676320 north of Bluefield. For other trailheads, look at the maps for trail systems listed above or utilize the Allegheny Trail Guide.
Backpacking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing
WV Scenic Trails Association, Inc P.O. Box 4042 Charleston, WV 25364
- "Hiking Guide to the Allegheny Trail"
- “Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide”
- “Out There West Virginia A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure”
- “West Virginia Hiking Trails”