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greenBlue Endless Wall Trail

  4.4 ( 26 ) Favorite


4.5 mile 7.3 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 275' 84 m
Descent: -275' -84 m
High: 1,938' 591 m
Low: 1,770' 539 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)


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Sandstone walls provide a striking backdrop for this hike along the New River Gorge.

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Family Friendly The Endless Wall Trail's mild grades, short length, and exciting views make for a wonderful hike with children. Be sure to keep them close, as the trail can drop off steeply along the gorge rim.


The Endless Wall Trail is a lesser-known trail in the New River Gorge, making it a perfect place for hikers to get away from the crowds and experience the New River Gorge's natural beauty in a more remote setting. Often used as a climbing access trail for its proximity to famous sandstone cliffs in the area, visitors will enjoy the Endless Wall Trail for its views of both the New River Gorge below, as well as climbers on the walls around them.

This hike was recently awarded the USA Today Reader's Choice Award for Best National Park Hike, so get out and experience it for yourself!

Need to Know

Be sure to bring your camera to capture the gorgeous views of the New River Gorge along the trail.

For families with children, be sure to keep them close, as steep drop-offs are present in various spots along the trail.


Starting at the west trailhead off Lansing-Edmond Rd. near Fern Creek, travel south along the trail through lush hardwood forests, crossing Fern Creek just before reaching the gorge rim. Along the trail, keep your eyes peeled for climber's access tunnels, identified by metal ladders leading down into sandstone caves. For the more adventurous, these access points provide an enthralling, albeit more strenuous addition to the hike.

Bypassing the climbing access points, hike along the rim to the Diamond Point Overlook for stunning views of the New River Gorge. Continue along the trail, peering through the trees to the New River Gorge below, before eventually reaching the eastern parking area and the end of the trail. Hikers can either turn around at this point and follow the trail back to the western parking area, or hike 0.5 miles back to their car along the road.

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Jul 6, 2019
Lance Fortuna
Great views from Diamond Point
Jul 6, 2019
Mike Farrenkopf
Be sure to check the climbers access' for more views and ladders through rocks for the adventurous folks! 4.5mi — 1h 45m
May 18, 2019
Becky Pack
4.9mi — 10h 00m
May 1, 2019
Devon Kodger
Apr 13, 2019
Angela Grensavitch
2h 30m
Apr 5, 2019
Aaron Lucius
Mar 23, 2019
gillian lawhead
beautiful trail with plenty to see, my dog and I loved it 3.8mi — 1h 20m
Jan 18, 2019
Jason Krekeler

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