“Sandstone walls provide a striking backdrop for this hike along the New River Gorge.”
— Hunter R
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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.