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Endless Wall Trail

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 4.5 (38) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Out and Back

1,938' 591 m

High

1,770' 539 m

Low

275' 84 m

Up

275' 84 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

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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.

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - New River Gorge

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  4.5 from 38 votes

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Chilling on Diamond Point.
Aug 1, 2016 near Fayette…, WV
What are you waiting for? (Its towards the starting point)
Mar 30, 2020 near Fayette…, WV

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Jun 15, 2020
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Jun 13, 2020
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May 30, 2020
Jamee Stover
Awesome trail with beautiful overlooks! Some muddy areas and a couple rocky climbs, but overall a nice moderate trail. 3.1mi — 10h 30m
May 19, 2020
Angie Garber
Mar 14, 2020
Debbie Brunner
Oct 27, 2019
Jeffrey Sweeney
Wonderful hike! Loved the drastic changes in scenery and fauna.
Oct 3, 2019
Faadhil Moheed
Very scenic trail with cool side trails and ladsers — 3h 00m
Sep 16, 2019
Jennifer Livengood