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Where to Hike in West Virginia in November

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) — With the warm temperatures this Thanksgiving week, you may be tempted to spend some of your free time outdoors.

Buck gun season is in full swing, as is bear gun season. If hunting is not your thing, it could also be a good week for a hike.

Here are some places to hike in West Virginia with evergreen trees that should offer beautiful views at this time of year:

Blackwater Falls State Park

Blackwater Falls State Park

In November, you can see the amber waters of Blackwater Falls in Tucker County. The park’s 20-mile hiking trails take visitors to some of the most photographed spots in the state: Elakala Falls, Lindy Point, and Pendleton Point Overlook.

The color of the falls comes from the acids in the needles of the hemlock and red spruce that surround the area.

Lost River State Park

Lost River State Park. Photo credit: West Virginia Department of Tourism

This park is known for its Cranny Crow lookout on Big Ridge Mountain, which offers sweeping views of five counties. It is located in Hardy County in the Eastern Panhandle.

The park also serves as a historical site, housing the scene of the Battle of Lost River in the 1756 French and Indian War and the restored cabin of Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee, a Revolutionary War general and father of Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

Click here for a hiking map.

Cranberry Wilderness

Stop in central West Virginia for the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, which protects one of the largest moorland areas in West Virginia. Two of them have an 800m long wooden walkway, allowing visitors to enjoy the area without disturbing the unique ecosystem.

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area. Photo credit: West Virginia Department of Tourism

According to the West Virginia Department of Tourism, several species end their migration in the Cranberry Glades, making it the southernmost point in North America where they are found. The trail also takes you to a lookout tower.

You can also visit the Honeycomb Rocks Trail with its eponymous holey rocks.

New river gorge

The Endless Wall Trail has been named “America’s #1 National Park Hike” by USA Today, according to the West Virginia Department of Tourism. It includes old growth woodland on a very easy to follow trail with plenty of tree cover to provide a bit of shelter from the elements.

New River Gorge in the fog

You can also visit the ghost town of Kaymoor while you’re there to wander the old coal camp. A large part of the town was destroyed by fire in 1960 and only a few years later the mine was shut down.

Cathedral State Park

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Make your way to Preston County for a hike through ancient hemlock forest. According to the West Virginia Department of Tourism, the trees there are up to 90 feet tall and up to 16 feet in circumference.

The Giant Hemlock Trail takes visitors right through the jungle. Click here for a hiking map.

Note: The park’s restrooms close for the season at the end of October.

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