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West Virginia National Parks

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

This 2,158-mile footpath runs from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, traversing 14 states. Only four miles of the AT are actually situated in West Virginia, though the Trail hugs the Virginia-West Virginia border several hundred miles farther south, near the New River.

Bluestone National Scenic River

Preserves natural and historic features of the Appalachian plateau, and offers excellent warm water fishing, hiking, boating, and scenery.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Preserving America's colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Experience the diversity of the Chesapeake Bay through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - a system of over 160 parks, refuges, museums, historic communities and water trails in the Bay watershed.

Gauley River National Recreation Area

The 25 miles of the Gauley River and the 6 miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys; the Gauley River includes several Class V+ rapids.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Town changed hands eight times during Civil War, and was site of a diverse number of historical events, including John Brown's attack on slavery.

New River Gorge National River

Established to protect 52-mile section of New River, between Hinton and Fayetteville, West Virginia. Surrounding area is rich in cultural and natural history.

Wheeling National Heritage Area

The Wheeling National Heritage Area celebrates the city's dramatic setting along the Ohio River.

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